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A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence, and Development$
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Patricia Justino, Tilman Brück, and Philip Verwimp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664597.001.0001

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Risk, Security, and Coping Mechanisms in Contexts of Violent Conflict: Evidence from Rwanda and Burundi

Risk, Security, and Coping Mechanisms in Contexts of Violent Conflict: Evidence from Rwanda and Burundi

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(p.165) 8 Risk, Security, and Coping Mechanisms in Contexts of Violent Conflict: Evidence from Rwanda and Burundi
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A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence, and Development
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Philip Verwimp

Olivia D’Aoust

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664597.003.0008

Households in developing countries are exposed to a number of risks, including negative shocks to their health, nutrition, or income. These shocks can be related to poor living conditions or exogenous events such as natural disasters. In conflict-prone environments, political shocks add insecurity to an already volatile economic context. In the absence of functioning insurance and credit markets, these adverse events can trap households into poverty. This chapter presents research performed as part of MICROCON on the risks faced and the security and the coping mechanisms used by households and individuals in Rwanda and Burundi, two conflict-affected countries in central Africa. The authors present insights on poverty dynamics, health, nutrition, and mortality, as well as on social, risk, and time preferences.

Keywords:   risk, coping strategies, poverty dynamics, Rwanda, Burundi

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