Drugs and (Dis)order Key Informant Interviews in Shan State Myanmar, 2018

Shan Herald Agency for News, . (2022). Drugs and (Dis)order Key Informant Interviews in Shan State Myanmar, 2018. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-854922

Drugs & (dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar. By 2030, more than 50% of the world’s poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected states. And many of today’s armed conflicts are fuelled by illicit drug economies in borderland regions. Trillions of dollars have been spent on the War on Drugs, but securitised approaches have failed. In fact, they often increase state fragility and adversely affect the health and livelihoods of communities and households. In light of these failures, there’s increasing recognition that drug policies need to be more pro-poor and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But the evidence base for this policy reform is patchy, politicised and contested. Drugs & (dis)order is helping to generate pro-poor policy solutions to transform illicit economies into peace economies. To do this we will: (1) Generate a robust evidence base on illicit drug economies and their effects on armed conflict, public health and livelihoods. (2) Identify new approaches and policy solutions to build more inclusive development and sustainable livelihoods in drugs affected contexts. (3) Build a global network of researchers and institutions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar and the UK to continue this work.

Data description (abstract)

Collection of face-to-face semi-structured interviews with interviewees in Shan State, eastern Myanmar, carried out as part of the GCRF Drugs and (dis)order project. Interviews were carried out in the first year of the project and explore narratives around illicit drugs across and within communities, and focus on history, political economy, health and livelihoods, and ethnography with respect to local drug problems in Shan state. The upland areas of Shan are perfectly suited to the cultivation of opium poppy, which has provided livelihood security in impoverished rural areas but also became a financial pillar to sustain armed conflict. In recent decades, the relationship between drugs and conflict has become more complex. The issue has extended beyond opium cultivation to the manufacture and supply of other drugs, such as methamphetamines. Local communities are some of those must vulnerable to the harms related to changing patterns of drug use, including increasing levels of heroin-injecting and methamphetamine use.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Shan Herald Agency for News . SHAN
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/P011543/1
Topic classification: History
Society and culture
Project title: Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war
Alternative title: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war.
Grant holders: Jonathan Goodhand
Project dates:
1 October 201731 March 2022
Date published: 17 Mar 2022 18:16
Last modified: 20 Oct 2022 18:08

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