Informing Better Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Interventions

Impact: Policy, Societal

Description of impact

Research undertaken by Dr Gearoid Millar at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute for Conflict Transition and Peace Research has examined the role and impact of external interventions in post-conflict societies. Millar has made an important contribution to better understanding how external actors in post-conflict societies can hinder the prospects of long-term peace. Millar has shown both how external organisations can negatively affect local communities, contrary to their intended goal, and how scholarly work can better understand these errors and contribute to better policy. As such, the research has impacted the advocacy work of international organizations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attempting to inform policy.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

Research undertaken by Dr Millar at the University of Aberdeen has directly impacted the advocacy efforts of international and domestic NGOs in their attempts to inform policy discussions regarding DFI-funded investments in post-conflict societies. In addition, his work has introduced a roadmap by which DFIs and the projects they fund can be held accountable in order to limit the corporate deployment of power in rural Africa that has already negatively impacted communities.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date20132020
Category of impactPolicy, Societal
Stage of ImpactEngagement


  • Societal