Policy & Analysis

PDCI conducts research and policy analysis in order to develop international knowledge and expertise in the field of conflict prevention, human rights and democracy, economic and environmental sustainability.  Its aim is to ensure that all stakeholders, including EU institutions and other international entities, can access strong independent analysis in order to facilitate better informed and more evidence-based policy decisions.


PDCI work facilitates better understanding of complex challenges and barriers to democratic development, sustainable peace and civic participation. We focus on local needs and realities and use evidence and experience from our in-country programmes.   Our research approach is inclusive, participatory and evidence-based; our research reports are consulted by various stakeholders and our recommendations link policy and practice.


Vulnerability in Facing Climate Change and Conflicts in Mexico

PDCI study on the economic, social and political vulnerability of Mexico to climate change shows that an early-warning system, based on democratic principles, could foster society’s local capacity to assimilate complex information and encourage social awareness, public discussion and participation. Such an early-warning system of conflicts related to climate change could provide the necessary information, currently lacking in decision-makers and society, about the effects of climate change. The study shows also that if sufficient capacities for democracy are not in place, authoritarian practices, monopolization of scarce resources by some groups, or other abuses that increase people’s vulnerability and affect individuals’ rights, may lead to an elevation of social tension and a potential escalation of violence.


Climate Change Impacts on Socio-Environmental Conflict in Argentina

In this paper PDCI shows that that in order to address more effectively the impact of climate change in Argentina public policies should be designed and implemented using a multidisciplinary, cross-sector approach, while also including a socio-environmental conflict-management approach. The study analyses the link between the impacts of climate change and the country’s most significant socio-environmental conflicts. An attempt is made to examine the complexity of this issue and highlight the importance of designing and planning government policies to tackle areas such as agricultural production, energy production, migration, claims by indigenous people and the consequences of mass loss of glaciers, among others.


Social Relations and Governance in Javakheti, Georgia

4This PDCI report provides an overview of the formal and informal dimensions of governance in Javakheti and Georgia in order to provide external actors with a snapshot of both the challenges to and opportunities for improved governance based on the realities of existing power dynamics. In parallel with a more general process focusing on democratization in Georgia, external actors should target specific assistance to the regions like Javakheti to overcome the gap existing in relation to the rest of the country. To support democratic progress and the maturation of a democratic political culture, alternative employment opportunities and means of development should be provided to reduce the population’s current dependence on only a few power brokers.


Peacebuilding and International Development Cooperation Policy in EU  

This report is a synthesis of case studies of seven EU member states: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Portugal and Spain. The report finds that donors and policy makers at national and EU levels are increasingly acknowledging the importance of peacebuilding to effective development assistance. Newer EU member states are making progress in aligning their policy frameworks for ODA with international standards and enhancing institutional structures for managing and programming ODA. The study highlights that more must be done to improve the participation of civil society in ODA planning and implementation processs, in increasing public awareness of and support for ODA and peacebuilding, and mainstreaming peacebuilding within all  external action policies at national and EU levels.