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With support from NWO-WOTRO, Plural Security Insights is leading a six-month comparative research project, Informing policy on plural security provision in urban contexts: Comparative insights from Lebanon, Kenya and Tunisia. This project is intended to foster more effective security and rule of law policy and practice by producing empirically-based insights on how structures of local urban governance might interact with local security providers in ways that deliver improved outcomes for people. 

The project is implemented by a diverse consortium of partners including the Graduate Institute Geneva’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, the Rift Valley Institute in Kenya, UN-Habitat in Lebanon, and UrbaConsult in Tunisia.

The project approach privileges a bottom-up perspective, challenging both conventional state-centric international security and rule of law assistance and local policymakers to better engage with modes of security provision that people view as legitimate and effective. Research activities utilize a mix of methods, and focus on data collection and analysis in three urban contexts: Beirut, Lebanon; Nairobi, Kenya; and Tunis, Tunisia. These cities are characterized by differing degrees of plural security provision, unequal levels of human development, distinct historical trajectories of state formation, and diverse patterns of social cleavages. As such, they reflect a range of contextual factors, and a microcosm of a larger global set.

The first outputs of the project will be a set of city profiles, drawing insights on the dynamics of plural security provision from Beirut, Nairobi, and Tunis, respectively. These city profiles will be published here in June 2016, to be followed shortly by a global synthesis report.

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