Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs and (Dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

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Policy Briefs
March 3, 2020

Illicit drugs and tough trade-offs in war-to-peace transitions

A new policy paper makes the case for including illicit drugs in Agenda 2030, particularly Sustainable Development Goal16.

March 3, 2020

Three strategies to transform approaches to illicit drug economies

While the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020 was postponed, development leaders still need to rethink their approaches to illicit drugs. Here's how.

January 30, 2020

Five reflections on Asia's drug policies for the 2020s

Drugs are likely to play a bigger role in Asia, here's why and what it means for the region's drug policies.

Guidance, Publications
October 21, 2019

Data management guidance

Guidance on how to handle research data in complex research contexts.

September 4, 2019

There is still time to make Colombia's illicit crop substitution programme work

This blog shares the key results of a survey with coca farmers in two of Colombia's highest coca producing regions.

Research Sites

The research programme will draw on empirical data from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar


Afghanistan is estimated to produce 90% of heroin consumed in the UK. We're working in three borderland Afghanistan regions.

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Since Colombia's 2016 peace agreement, coca cultivation has expanded. We're working in four Colombian borderland sites.

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Myanmar is the second largest producer of illicit opium in the world. We're working in two Myanmar borderland states.

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