The UVC has partnered with a new LSE research center, The Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID), on a study focusing on how societies are governed in African countries facing prolonged conflict. CPAID will take a look at how public authority is understood, experienced, and perceived by the particularly vulnerable and marginalized populations in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia and Burundi and Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Ethiopia, CPAID. Through a focus on how families, clans, religious leaders, aid agencies, civil society, rebel militia and vigilante groups contribute to governance, along with formal and semi-formal government institutions. Through funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Research Challenges Fund, CPAID will speak to the on the ground realities and the risks and opportunities for international development policy and the promotion of new forms of inclusive growth.

UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis is one of the co-investigators of CPAID. The UVC will produce a number of research outputs for CPAID and help enhance its impact strategy through the UVC's longstanding relationships with the United Nations and other international policymakers.

For more information please see the CPAID website