The latest research from the Africa Initiative evaluates the efforts of one international development intervention — the Kokoyah Millennium Villages Project — to improve welfare and build social cohesion in post-conflict Liberia. Elisabeth King bases her research on data collected from a quasi-experimental, differences-in-differences research design. Her findings show that social cohesion was already higher than anticipated before the project began, and concludes that policy makers and practitioners should measure existing social cohesion before beginning a project and examine how best to harness what may already be there.

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The Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series presents policy-relevant, peer-reviewed, field-based research that addresses substantive issues in the areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration and climate change. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and advance knowledge on issues relevant to policy makers and opinion leaders in Africa. Papers in this series are written by experienced African and Canadian researchers, and have gone through the grant review process, or, in select cases, are commissioned studies supported by the Africa Initiative research program.