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Can Economic Interventions Reduce Violence? New Evidence from Kandahar

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Reducing violence and preventing the growth of violent movements are perennial challenges for the international community and the role of economic interventions has long been debated. A new report from Mercy Corps and the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University brings new evidence to the debate based on a randomized controlled trial in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Can youth employment programs and cash transfers make a difference?

New America is welcoming Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Director of Evidence and Influence for Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps and Prof. Jason Lyall, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University to discuss the evidence from Kandahar. 

Event Details

  • Date: February 16, 2018

  • When: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

  • Where: New America, Suite 900