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Elisabeth King

Elisabeth King is a political scientist working on issues related to conflict, peacebuilding and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent projects examine how education, youth programs, and community-driven development interventions really work (or not) for people in the global South. In 2014, King's first book, From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda, was published by Cambridge University Press. The book earned her this year's Outstanding Canadians Leadership Award from the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association. King has received grants from such institutions as the United States Institute for Peace, the United Nations Development Program, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and Columbia University's Earth Clinic. King received her PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University's Earth Institute and Centre for the Study of Development Strategies and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.  


  • Development
  • Peacebuilding
  • Education
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Community-driven Development


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (2008);
  • M.A., University of Toronto (2002)
  • B.A., University of Western Ontario (2001)

Library Articles

Southern Africa's Dryland Forests and Climate Change Adaptation

This policy brief looks at the impact climate change will have on dryland forests that are already degraded from competing land uses and from over use. To pre-empt these impacts proactive adaptation policies needs to be implemented. However this requires a clear focus on the unique attributes of the dryland forests. To maintain and enhance their contribution to climate change adaptation requires...

Can Development Interventions Help Post-conflict Communities Build Social Cohesion? The Case of the Liberia Millennium Villages

"This paper evaluates the efforts of one international development intervention — the Kokoyah Millennium Villages Project (KMVP) — to improve welfare and build social cohesion in post-conflict Liberia. This study is based on a preliminary analysis of survey data from a quasi-experimental, difference-in-differences (DID) research design, and shows that social cohesion was already higher than...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 2

In this bulletin several consultative meetings, seminars and a regional workshop were discussed, also discussed were the feature articles entitled: 1)Does Urbanization Encourage Co-habitation in Kampala City? The main objective of this paper was to examine the impact of urbanization on co-habitation in relation to other factors. 2)China’s Cooperation with Ethiopia A New Approach to Development?...

Understanding Civil Society/Government Engagement

Publisher: African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE)
Published: 2005
"Modern states are built on the platform that stands on four pillars - informed/ engaged citizenry, civil society, private sector, and government. Each has a role to play in the sustenance and development of the political economy. However, public policy which ought to be the responsibility of the government has to have civil society and citizens' involvement and input to make it more...