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Prosperity and peace

Slums and high-rise buildings in Manila, Philippines
Slums and high-rise buildings in Manila, Philippines, 2013. Photo: saiko3p / Shutterstock

Peace can be thought of as an investment; the peace of today not only allows for production and consumption today, but also creates expectations and culture of peace for tomorrow. For example, Sweden has enjoyed over 200 years of peace and the people of Sweden, whether they appreciate it or not, benefit every day from the compounded interest from generations of investment in peace. Meanwhile, most developing countries have colonial legacies and recent histories of violence which affect development today. By definition, sustainable development includes consumption and economic behaviour today that does not negatively impact consumption and economic behaviour of future generations, so positive, peaceful development today is sustainable development. 

SIPRI’s research in this area examines the relationship between peace and different measures of prosperity, giving particular focus to the conditions that support conflict prevention, management and resolution. It also assesses the level and kind of investments in peacebuilding and sustainable development.

RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Posters for local elections in Kerala, India in 2015

SIPRI contributes to global efforts to identify indicators and targets for monitoring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice and effective institutions. 

Refugees at the Gyekenyes Zakany Railway Station in Hungary, October 2015

SIPRI seeks to understand the root causes of different kinds of migration and the experiences of migrants in order to inform policies that incorporate the security, development and humanitarian aspects of mobility.

Improvised explosive device containing an anti-tank mine found by Iraqi police in Baghdad, 2005

SIPRI monitors and maps anti–vehicle mine incidents and provides trend analysis on their humanitarian and developmental impact.

Refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey

SIPRI's collaboration with partners involves a practice network examining effective prevention of violent extremism through a peacebuilding lens. 

Girls in a school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

SIPRI looks at trends in aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries over the last 15 years and in the new development era of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Juba, South Sudan from the top of Juba Mountain

SIPRI undertakes research on improving the methods of defining and measuring fragility, which is linked to the effectiveness of development in complex environments. 

Research staff

Dr Gary Milante is the Director of the Peace and Development Programme.
Suyoun Jang is a Researcher in the Peace and Development programme, currently seconded to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Emma Bjertén-Günther is a Researcher within the SIPRI Peace and Development Programme.
Kate Sullivan is the Programme Coordinator for the Peace and Development Programme.