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Bridging the Gap – The Role of Health, Education and Data in Paving the Way from Crisis to Stability

18 March 2015

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The European Union FP7-financed CAERUS Consortium will organise in Brussels on Wednesday, 18th March 2015 the first of two consultative workshops on the CAERUS research project – Evidence Based Policy for post Crisis Stability: Bridging the Gap. The aim of the research project is to identify and test improved responses to questions on linking humanitarian relief and post-crisis recovery with resilience and development that pave the way for stability in fragile, post-disaster and post-conflict situations. Research focuses specifically on the role of health and education in disaster and post-conflict relief and longer-term transition objectives, while taking into account of wider peacebuilding and statebuilding concerns.

The objective of this first workshop is to bring together stakeholders from the EU and beyond to:
• Introduce the work of CAERUS,
• Position this research within the wider policy discourse on linking crisis, fragility and development, and
• Consult among stakeholders on issues that will require attention during implementation of the research project.

The workshop will focus on three thematic areas: (i) Can civil registration contribute to peacebuilding and statebuilding? (ii) Making the most out of data in health and education policies, and (iii) Health service provision in the transition from conflict to stability: which role for health sector actors, including non-state armed groups.


Under the motto “bridging the gap”, CAERUS aims to link evidence from research with policy making. While there is a growing recognition of the interplay between social sectors and peacebuilding & statebuilding dynamics, as well as of the need to link short-term relief with longer-term development objectives, there still are significant gaps between research and policy, and between the political discourse and effective practice. The Consortium conducts population-based studies in crisis-affected areas on the roles of health and education and addresses how to make good use of data for improved policy formulation. It zooms into questions on the provision of health and education from conflict through to stability and analyses how policy frameworks of key actors – notably the EU and its Member States, but also UN agencies, regional institutions, other major state and non-state national and international actors – support or undermine transition objectives in post-crisis situations.

Field studies are planned in Myanmar, Nepal, Mali, South-Sudan and/or Liberia, India and the Philippines.


This policy event affords a first opportunity to introduce the CAERUS project and to solicit the views and opinions of key stakeholders working in these fields. Through a mix of plenary presentations, round table discussions and breakout sessions, the event seeks to raise awareness of the project among stakeholders, to identify key policy discussions that the research project can link up to and feed into, and to draw on the insights and experiences of stakeholders to sharpen the focus of the research.


The event will be structured provisionally around five sessions:
• Session 1 will introduce the CAERUS research project and provide an overview of progress made to date.
• Session 2 will be a round table in which invited experts will highlight key policy concerns of potential relevance to the CAERUS project as an introduction to an interactive exchange with participants.
• Session 3 will provide an opportunity for consortium members to briefly introduce their respective streams of research.
• Session 4 will be organised around a set of breakout groups in which participants will discuss in depth three policy-relevant themes that cut across the individual research work streams and link to the overarching CAERUS theme. These are: i) the role of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics as a driver for peacebuilding, statebuilding and service delivery; ii) data for what? – how to bridge the data-information-policy continuum in health and education in post-crisis situations; iii) addressing questions on the ‘who’ and ‘why’ of health service provision in the transition from conflict to stability (including the role of Non-State Armed Groups).
• Session 5, in plenary, will be used to draw conclusions and recommendations. These will serve as input for the further desk and fieldwork that will be conducted under the CAERUS project in the year ahead.


We are inviting a select group of stakeholders ranging from policy-makers to research and practitioners in relevant fields to participate in this one-day policy event to discuss different actors’ perspectives and experiences across disciplines. These are expected to include representatives of EU institutions, UN agencies, International NGOs and experts.

A second policy workshop will be organised in the first part of 2016 after the completion of fieldwork to present findings and discuss implications for policy.


Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (UCL) – lead. Other Consortium members are the Forskningsstiftelsen, Norway (FAFO), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA/Chatham House), the Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Austria (PLUS), Jadavpur University, India (JU), the Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning, Norway (NILU) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management, The Netherlands (ECDPM). – More information about CAERUS can be found on:


A detailed program and a background note will be shared ahead of the event. For more information and registration (places are limited), please contact Joyce Olders at:

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