In the coming decades, most of the poor will live in fragile states, yet, in spite of the studies already conducted, the rigorous evidence for building peace and stability is limited. Our Peace & Recovery Program aims to build an evidence base to facilitate peace and address the conflicts and crises that face the majority of the poor around the world. We seek out programs that strengthen state capacities, reduce violence, or respond to crises ranging from health to natural to human-made. We work in both fragile states as well as states that have recently experienced conflict, violence or disaster. The program also collaborates with decision-makers to ensure that this evidence is both useful and implemented at scale. Research in this program area is led by numerous affiliated researchers, and Academic Lead Chris Blattman will be supporting IPA's expansion of research in this program area.