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The Justice and Security Research Programme

JSRP research meeting in Gulu, Northern Uganda, December 2014

The Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) is a research consortium led by the Department of International Development (ID) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, developed in partnership with academic and media organisations from the global North and South, and with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DfID).

Between 2011 and 2016, the JSRP is generating primary evidence about the informal institutions that govern the lives of people in a range of fragile or war-affected locations. Its focus is on understanding the relationship between ‘official’ and ‘hybrid’ governance structures to find out what arrangements best benefit those at the receiving end of policies to support justice and security.

We place what we call the intended end-user of development policies at the centre of our research, analysis and approach to uptake. An end-user is, as one dictionary defines it, “the person who uses [an] application, as opposed to those who developed or support it. […] End-users do not usually have administrative responsibilities or privileges [and are] certain to have a different set of assumptions than the developers who created the application”.

For our purposes, end-users are those who ought to benefit from justice and security arrangements in their everyday lives. The term suggests that people living in difficult places are not passive recipients. They are also a heterogeneous group, likely to be in conflict with each other, and might have very different views of what justice and security entails.

All information for the Justice and Security Research Programme, including up to date details of events and publications is now available on the JSRP blog.


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