Conflict & Development at Texas A&M University seeks to improve the effectiveness of
development programs and policies for conflict affected
and fragile countries through multidisciplinary applied research and activities by harnessing the innovative power of Texas
A&M University and partners in host countries and communities.
In 2010, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development was established in
the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University to support teaching,
research, and service for the advancement of the welfare of communities enduring conflict or
emerging from conflict. In November 2011, Texas A&M University was selected as a member of
the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network
(HESN). Among approximately 500 applicants, USAID chose Texas A&M University to address
the lingering, complex challenges at the intersection of conflict and development.
Our Core Programs
On April 23 – 25, 2013, a group of scholars and practitioners from all over the world gathered in
Washington, D.C., for the Conflict and Development Strategy Workshop. Building on what is
know about conflict affected and fragile states, four key areas of research were identified:
● How to engage youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?
● How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation
● How can natural resource management be used as a peace building
● How to design interventions that build upon local coping strategies to incentivize food
security and promote resilience?
Visit http://condevcenter.org/workshop to learn more about the outcomes of the Conflict &
Development Strategy Workshop 2013.