How to affect policy and practice

04 Dec 2015
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From output to outcome The ultimate aim of the CoCooN programme was to generate insights and mechanisms for solving, mitigating and preventing resource conflicts. It also had to give policymakers concrete and innovative ideas for more effective natural resource related conflict management. And activists and practitioners tools to increase awareness, start dialogues, and influence policy […]

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Understanding resource conflicts The CoCooN research programme produced 68 academic articles and many other publications, such as policy briefs and case studies. What have they contributed to our understanding of conflicts around the extraction of natural resources in developing countries? Now that the CoCooN programme has nearly finished, it is time to draw some conclusions […]

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Conflict sensitivity and policymakers

04 Dec 2015
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One of the ambitions of the CoCooN programme was to increase the sensitivity of policymakers to conflicts around natural resources. So expectations were high at the beginning of the last CoCooN Conference. How would the policymakers respond to the results? And what strategies can be developed to increase conflict sensitivity? CoCooN was also about bringing […]

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Unholy marriage, sacred partnership

04 Dec 2015
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Secrets of successful collaboration between academic and civil partners Two completely different characters working closely together is surely a recipe for disaster. But not in the CoCooN partnerships. This ‘unholy marriage’ between academics and practitioners has really hit the target, although it did go through some rocky times during a problematic honeymoon. Future pacts can […]

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