CHIBOW is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Curie grant agreement. It will run for four years, from 2015 to 2019, enabling 15 PhD researchers to work collaboratively across disciplines to provide new perspectives of our understanding of how children born of war in conflict and post-conflict situations are integrated into society; how militaries, governments, and non-governmental policy makers assist this integration process; and how the children’s lived experiences reflect broader societal attitudes to memories of war and vice versa.
As a consequence of the research conducted by the networks early stage researchers (ESRs), the network aims to enhance our understanding of the challenges experienced by children born of war in volatile societies, and subsequently, that this body of research will inform the normative debates and, ultimately, policies on the reintegration of children born of war into post-conflict societies.
By combining historical, social, empirical, psychiatric, political, legal, memory, public health and development studies with the discourse surrounding currently enacted humanitarian intervention, insights gained from this network has surpassed existing knowledge and helped improve on current integration efforts. The CHIBOW network is committed to promoting scientific excellence by exploiting the specific research expertise and infrastructure of the co-ordinating partners, and all participants, in order to advance the research competencies and employability of the network’s early career researchers.
The network comprises over 20 organisations in an interdisciplinary collaboration pooling world-leading researchers in the field of Children Born of War among others from history, psychology, psychiatry, social sciences, public health, and international development. Intersectoral aspects unite fundamental and applied research with NGOs, commercial and media partners, interdisciplinary research institutes, policy makers, and cultural and educational institutions.
Between March and December 2015 the network’s academic partners recruited 15 outstanding early stage researchers to undertake PhDs in the field of Children Born of War. These researchers are working with academics leads working at the forefront of their chosen fields, to develop state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies.
Alongside the development of academic excellence, ESRs have been working with non-academic member organisations, developing skills and competencies that transcend academia and develop world-class professionals. This interdisciplinary training and intersectoral awareness has been facilitated by trainee exchanges between academic and non-academic member organisations, with exposure to other sectors – Commercial, NGOs, Media, Museums, consultancies and medical facilities.