Health System Reconstruction in Post-Conflict States: The CAERUS Project

This 3-year project involves an international consortium exploring the transition from conflict to recovery and development, seeking to identify those policies that maximize the likelihood of a successful transition.

Chatham House's main contributions to the project will be:

  • Undertaking two field studies examining the transition of healthcare during and after conflict. These field studies will be undertaken in conjunction with local partners and map what healthcare was provided, when, how and by whom (including violent non-state actors) and explore the views and aspirations of policy-makers to healthcare (patients, providers and facilities) during and after the conflict.
  • Seeking to better understand the role of violent non-state actors in providing healthcare.
  • Convening a number of meetings to peer-review and explore the findings of the Chatham House team's work. A final top-level meeting will bring together the work of all the partners, which includes areas such as education, youth development and technology.

The Chatham House project team consists of a Chatham House Senior Research Consultant, Lt-Gen (retd) Louis Lillywhite, who is a retired Surgeon General of the UK Armed Forces, and two of its Associate Fellows, Dr Simon Rushton, a Faculty Research Fellow at the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, and Dr Stuart Gordon, who is an academic in the International Development Department and the Justice and Security Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Partner organizations

  • Universite Catholique De Louvain (Coordinators), Belgium
  • Forskningsstiftelsen (Fafo), Norway
  • European Centre For Development Policy Management (ECDM), Netherlands
  • Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning, Norway
  • Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Austria
  • Jadavpur University, India


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607960.