The study offers insight into how peacebuilding programming can help mitigate the effects of severe drought among pastoralists, and likely speed recovery. The evidence points to the need for greater consideration of conflict management within drought preparedness and food security programs in the Horn of Africa. The findings also raise questions about how peacebuilding efforts fit into the larger resilience discourse: Is effective conflict management work a prerequisite to strengthening resilience to droughts in regions where chronic violent conflict is present? If so, what peacebuilding strategies are likely to be most effective in making communities more resilient?
The full report is available at http://www.mercycorps.org/resources/coping