The Impact of Violent Conflicts on Households: What Do We Know and What Should We Know About War Widows?


Brück, Tilman, and Kati Schindler. 2009. “The Impact of Violent Conflicts on Households: What Do We Know and What Should We Know About War Widows?” Oxford Development Studies 37 (3): 289–309.

Authors: Tilman Brück, Kati Schindler


This paper analyses how mass violent conflict and the legacy of conflict affect households in developing countries. It does so by pointing out how violent conflict impairs a household’s core functions, its boundaries, its choice of coping strategies and its well-being. The paper contributes to the literature on the economics of conflict, reconstruction and vulnerability in three ways. First, it addresses explicitly the level of analysis in the context of conflict by contrasting strengths and weaknesses of a unitary approach to the household and extending it to intra-household and group issues. Second, it identifies important research gaps in this field. Third, it highlights the economic situation of war widows in conflict-affected countries and discusses a case study of widows of the Rwandan genocide.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Economies, Gender, Women, Households, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa Countries: Rwanda

Year: 2009

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