Senior Research Associate - Governance

Organization
Country 
Colombia
Education 
Bachelor's
Master's
Language Requirement 
English
Spanish
Length of Commitment 
More than two years
Start Date 
March 01, 2018

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Senior Research Associate (SRA) based in Medellin, Colombia, to lead a research project which seeks to understand armed group governance, the market structure of urban gangs, and how, if possible, to transition from armed groups to state rule with non-violent strategies.

Urban organized crime is becoming the primary source of insecurity and obstacle to state-building of the 21st century. It is already possibly the most important issue in Latin America. It may come to be the most important issue in major cities in India, China, and parts of Africa and the Middle East, where armed groups are raising in slum areas and organized crime is generally under studied. Medellin provides a unique opportunity to study different urban armed groups in a controlled setting.