Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs & (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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July 29, 2020

Voices from the borderlands 2020

Insights into how illicit drugs – and drug policies – impact the dynamics of violence and peace, poverty and development, and insecurity and resilience.

July 29, 2020

Jangul: conflict and drug trafficking in Afghanistan's borderlands

This comic tells Jangul's life story, in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan and how he ended up smuggling heroin from Kabul to Moscow.

July 15, 2020

Erradicación forzada: una política que mata

Un especial multimedia sobre los incidentes en medio de las labores de erradicación forzada manual. English version coming soon!

June 24, 2020

Adapting Drugs & (dis)order to the COVID-19 pandemic

From home-working and research activities to altered politics. Here's how we're adapting to new circumstances.

April 20, 2020

Addressing coronavirus in conflict zones: three factors policymakers should consider

Governments must move quickly to level with their citizens about the nature of the threat and get them involved in finding solutions. Given what is at stake, there is not a moment to lose.

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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Recent Tweets

New multimedia report: Forced eradication: a policy that kills. By @OrdpaTierras @machugirl #Colombia

Data on incidents of confrontation between public forces and rural populations related to forced eradication of coca crop in #Colombia. New multimedia report with interactive map, video testimonies and infographics by @fgutierrezsanin's team @OrdpaTierras

Our project partner @OrdpaTierras has published a database of incidents of confrontation or violence linked to forced eradication of coca crops in Colombia between 2016-2020. It's an important resource, making visible the impacts of this policy.

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