Research in Post-Conflict Settings

Over the last decade, the Population Council has conducted rigorous formative research, situational analyses, needs assessments, intervention evaluations and implementation science in conflict, post-conflict and other disaster settings globally, working with leading humanitarian organizations and partners.

Our work has evaluated and generated evidence on interventions to combat sexual and gender-based violence and improve sexual and reproductive health in post conflict and refugee settings; facilitated innovations in data collection from marginalized and displaced populations; and synthesized research and promoted research uptake in such settings in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.


Schooling and Conflict in Darfur: A Snapshot of Basic Education Services for Displaced Children

Undertaken in 2008 in partnership with the Women’s Refugee Commission, this study identified the link between education and children’s protection and well-being in IDP camps in Darfur. The study also documented the educational environment in a range of IDP camps in Darfur, describing circumstances of children across these settings. As part of the project, the Council convened a 13-member international advisory group comprised of practitioners, policy makers and donors with expertise on work in conflict affected areas.

Marriage and Sexual and Reproductive Health of Rohingya Adolescents and Youth in Bangladesh

This recently completed study examined how and to what extent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and marriage practices among Rohingya adolescents living in refugee camps in Bangladesh had changed as a result of displacement. It also assessed SRH needs of Rohingya adolescents and the availability and quality of SRH services available. This is among the first and only in-depth qualitative studies conducted among young Rohingya in the camps in Bangladesh, the results of which will inform strategies to address their SRH needs.


Read the Family Planning Evidence Brief led by the Council for the London FP Summit 2017 on considerations for improving family planning services and reducing unintended pregnancy in crisis settings, in partnership with the WHO and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Read findings published in SSM – Population Health from a randomized controlled trial of Girl Empower, a gender transformative mentoring and cash transfer intervention to promote adolescent wellbeing in Liberia, whose 14-year civil war was one of the most violent conflicts in African history.