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The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security held a lunch seminar with guest speaker Ingvill C. Mochmann on 'Children Born of War in the Context of Peace and Security'.

Many different groups of children are affected by wars and conflicts around the world. One particular group of war affected children which has received increasing attention in the last decade is the so-called "Children Born of War" (CBOW).

CBOW are children born by local mothers and foreign fathers during and after wars and conflicts. Growing up in post-conflict situations they often experience challenges on multiple dimensions in family and society as their biological identity is often strongly connected to the (enemy) father.

The seminar gave a brief overview of the state of research and evidence in the research field of "Children Born of War" and speakers discussed its relevance to post-conflict peace and security. Some suggestions with respect to future steps in research and politics were also presented.


  • 12:00-12:30 'Children Born of War in the Context of Peace and Security' by Ingvill C. Mochmann, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and Cologne Business School
  • 12:30-13:00 Panel discussion with Ingvill C. Mochmann and Nora Ingdal, Director of Education at Save the Children Norway.
  • 13:00-13:30 Q&A with the audience

The seminar was chaired by Inger Skjelsbæk, Research Professor at PRIO and Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

About the guest speaker

Ingvill C. Mochmann is Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer and Professor of International Politics at the Cologne Business School and head of the EUROLAB at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany. She graduated in comparative politics at the University of Bergen, Norway, and holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Giessen, Germany. In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and is now an affiliated expert of HHI. Her research and publications include democracy and minority rights, children's rights and research methodology. She has published widely in the area of Children Born of War (CBOW) a research field she has been strongly involved in the establishment of and in 2008 she founded the "International Network for Interdisciplinary Research on Children Born of War" (INIRC-CBOW) to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Based on the experiences on challenges to obtain data from in particular sensitive population groups in conflicts and post-conflict situations she founded the "IG Data for Development" at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) in 2014 to promote data access, data sharing and infrastructure development in developing countries.