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.

Working Papers
December 14, 2022

The role of civil society organisations in harm reduction in Northern Shan State, Myanmar

In this Working Paper, Kathy Win discuses the role of CSOs, faith-based groups and ethnic armed organisations in harm reduction programmes in Northern Shan State.

Journal Articles
December 8, 2022

Reflecting on 'impact' in artist-academic collaborations in times of conflict

This article in the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs reflects on the challenges and opportunities of collaboration between artists and academics in making the animation 'Colombia's Broken Peace'.

Journal Articles, Publications
November 8, 2022

Precarious lives, precarious treatments: Making drug treatment work in Northern Myanmar

This article explores how drug dependency treatment is made to work in efforts to sustain everyday livelihoods.

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.

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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