Practice Paper: Community-Driven Approaches to Research in Contexts of Protracted Crisis
Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to developing insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict, local research within the Cross-Border Conflict: Evidence, Policy, and Trends (XCEPT) program is rooted explicitly in community-driven approaches. XCEPT’s work generates an understanding of critical issues grounded in the perspectives of those who experience them firsthand.
Since 2019, the Centre for Peace and Justice at Brac University and The Asia Foundation, partners within XCEPT, collaborated on a series of research initiatives focusing on Rohingya populations living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. This paper summarizes the research methodologies and approaches developed and the lessons that have surfaced throughout these activities, which can be applied to research work in similar contexts elsewhere.