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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

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When is redistribution popular? Social conflict and the politics of inequality

Publication - Working and discussion papers - 23 April 2014
Laura Rodriguez
This working paper analyses perception data for over 15 thousand citizens in 40 countries and finds that when individuals perceive the adverse social effects of inequality, it is more likely that they demand more redistribution from their governments. However the challenge is for governments and practitioners to act quickly when inequality is starting to rise in order to capitalise the support towards redistributive policies

Protecting civilians: the gap between norms and practice

Publication - Research reports and studies - 21 April 2014
Attacks on civilians have become an all too commonplace occurrence in conflicts, illustrated vividly in crises in Syria and the Central African Republic. Yet at the same time there has been a range of developments in laws and policies focused on improving the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflicts since the 1990s. This policy brief examines the gap between the reality for civilians on the ground and PoC norms and policies and suggests areas for further work to help translate rhetoric into reality.