Volume 4 : Rising from the Ashes of Conflict

Most conflict studies focus on the national level, but this volume focuses on the community level. It explores how communities experience and recover from violent conflict, and the surprising opportunities that can emerge for poor people to move out of poverty in these harsh contexts. Rising from the Ashes of Conflict reveals how poor people’s mobility is shaped by local democracy, people’s associations, aid strategies, and the local economic environment in over 100 communities in seven conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan. The findings suggest the need to rethink post-conflict development assistance. This is the fourth volume in a series derived from the Moving Out of Poverty study, which explores mobility from the perspectives of poor people in more than 500 communities across 15 countries.


  1. “Since its inception, the Moving Out of Poverty project has put an all-important human face on poverty and has provided tremendous insight into the problems faced by the poor, problems that statistics often miss. This volume examines the social, political, and economic institutions facing poor people in post conflict environments, where lives have been turned upside down by violence and instability. Based on original evidence from over a hundred communities in seven countries, the study documents the strategies that poor people use to cope with and move out of poverty, and it concludes with important policy recommendations.”
    By Francis Fukuyama - Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC
  2. “This exciting book, based on interviews with thousands of people in war-torn communities, shows that people can and do move out of poverty even after violent conflict. While recognizing the evils of violence, it offers hope to those affected by it and gives wise advice on how best to promote upward movement in these difficult contexts.”
    By Frances Stewart - Director, Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), Oxford University