Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs & (dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

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June 6, 2022

Drugs, peace, and development: re-thinking policy

Join our five-week online course to learn about the dynamic relationship between illicit drugs, development and peacebuilding and what it implies for humane approaches to drug policy.

Multimedia, Publications, Report
June 8, 2022

We eradicated coca: now what?

This digital report highlights the personal experiences of some of Colombia's "substitution farmers" who eradicated their illicit coca crops as part of the Peace Agreement's substitution programme, but are still waiting for the state to deliver what was promised to them.

Multimedia, Publications, Report
May 30, 2022

Voices from the borderlands 2022

Our flagship report, based on a collection of life stories that offer insights into how illicit drugs, violence and conflict, poverty and development, and insecurity and resilience are entangled in the everyday lives of people in the borderlands.

May 24, 2022

Spatial borderland biography: Afghanistan

Spatial data on four Afghan borderlands, including borders, opium production, drug routes, infrastructure and agriculture, available via UK Data Service.

May 19, 2022

Myanmar datasets

Four datasets of interviews, media resources and life histories illicit drugs and youth in Myanmar, available via the UK Data Service.

Research Sites

The research programme will draw on empirical data from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar


Afghanistan is estimated to produce 90{83ecf5b61c3deac6f8cdad8e1c8bee36d10ac3107192903d905d6fe2d4e88cad} of heroin consumed in the UK. We're working in three borderland Afghanistan regions.

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Since Colombia's 2016 peace agreement, coca cultivation has expanded. We're working in four Colombian borderland sites.

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Myanmar is the second largest producer of illicit opium in the world. We're working in two Myanmar borderland states.

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