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February 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm EST

Dear Peace Exchange members,

Please introduce yourself to the community! We would love to know more about your interests and why you joined the community, as well as your areas of expertise and experiences relevant to conflict sensitivity.

I am currently a Project Manager at MSI and previously worked at the World Bank supporting the South-South Knowledge Exchange Unit. My academic background is in Peace Operations, focusing more on conflict management and peacekeeping. I am very excited to be a part of this community because I think it’s so important for development and humanitarian organizations to apply conflict sensitive practices in their work, so that they can leave a more positive footprint and contribute effectively to peacebuilding. I’m also very eager to learn more about the community members and how we can collaborate and learn from one another.

February 3, 2016 at 11:41 am EST

Agha Mohsin Ali has been working in development sector since 2006 with National & International organizations including NRDP, WWOP, Youth in Action, UNDP, BBSA, CPEA Network and SEHER on different management positions, and earned a Masters in International Relations from the University of Balochistan, Quetta Pakistan. While working with National Rural Development Programme (NRDP) Pakistan in Islamabad as Manager, Program Planning and Partnership Development leading overall fundraising, resource mobilization, program researches, planning and program development processes. During 10 years of experience implemented, coordinated and partnerships developed with major donor agencies like USAID, DFID, UK-aid, UNICEF, CIDA, UNDP, USIP and IOM.

Agha has had in-depth experience in child rights, education and youth empowerment in Pakistan. He worked to protect children from abuses, neglect and exploitation as well as provide access to education through establishment of child friendly spaces and temporary learning centers in flood affected areas, provided child protection actors opportunity to interact, share their experiences and avoid any duplication of resources through CPEA Network and winner of 12 larger projects on education, child rights, democracy and nutrition. Over the period, he developed skills in monitoring and evaluation, program development, program implementation, proposal writing and resource mobilization and writer of different articles and blogs on child rights and education in different news webs like ARY Blogs, Hamari Web, Duniya News and The Nations News.

Agha also participated in different national and international forums like World Youth Conference, 2010 in Leon City, Mexico as a delegate.

February 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm EST

I am experienced in international peace and stability operations.  I experienced conflict transformation first-hand while serving in the U.S. Army during counterinsurgency operations in Baghdad, Iraq.  During graduate school at George Mason University, I researched peace operations, stability operations, and conflicts through the lens of peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peacebuilding practices and theories.  While attending graduate school, I worked full time with the U.S. local procurement regional stabilization effort surrounding Afghanistan.  That experience included interacting with local manufacturers and suppliers in Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as coordinating with ministry level officials and U.S. government agencies.  As the lead for a winning research and development team, I led a small team into Port Au Prince, Haiti to conduct a proof of concept on how local manufacturers and suppliers could get their products to international procurement entities such as the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Defense.  I presented a concept called the Local Vendor Development Initiative to international humanitarians at the 2013 World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey.  In July 2014, I was the only American selected as a Development Reporter by the Global South Development Magazine.  As a volunteer, I traveled to Guatemala to investigate and report on the challenges and development solutions associated with unaccompanied children migrating to the United States.  In May 2015, I planned for and led a team to Amman, Jordan to assess the need for a tailored economic development program as a result of the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the region.           

 

February 4, 2016 at 7:56 am EST

Prince Charles, based out of Jos, Plateau State, conducts The Nexus Fund’s field reseearch in the middle belt region of Nigeria. Before joining the Nexus Fund, Prince Charles worked on projects for  UN Women, Search for Common Ground, and International Crisis Group on several, among others. He is an alumnus of the University of Jos and the prestigious Humanitarian Academy at Harvard and Knight Center For Journalism, University of Texas at Austin.

Born in Lagos State (South West Nigeria), Prince Charles is proud of his Nigerian roots. He is a Henry Luce Fellow, Ford Foundation grantee and is proficient in English, French, Yoruba Ibo and Hausa.

February 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm EST

Mr Ahouty Kouakou is born in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. He has strong leadership skils. He is the Executive Director of NGO Action et Humanisme based in Abidjan. He is the conceptor of Mobile4Life, peacebuilding through ICT. He implemented a project that allowed to build capacity of 25 persons in conflict management. He is Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellow. Mr Ahouty Kouakou is a blogger, an activist and a freelance journalist. He is currently Global South Development Magazine reporter. He has written several articles that address development issues. Besides, he has good command in English, French, Spanish.

February 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm EST

Hi, I’m Aleksandra Markovich, Technical Manager at Management Systems International. My areas of interest and expertise include governance, post-conflict stabilization, gender and social inclusion, and training and facilitation. Happy to be part of the Peace Exchange community and hoping to learn more about how to put conflict sensitive approaches into practice.

February 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm EST

Hello, I’m Hayfa from Tunisia . I study International Relations . I speak Arabic, English and French

. I’m proud of being a young Tunisian student  . My goals are to achieve a good career in  this field in the future , to boost my knowledge and learn more and more through new experiences , internships and information .

I have a lack of experience . I’m very motivated  in  improving   myself  . If any person  is able to help me ill be thankful !

February 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm EST

Hello friends an peace activist around the world!!!!!

I am Amada Benavides, president Schools of Peace Foundation, a NGO working in Colombia since 1997.

The Fundación Escuelas de Paz (FEP) is a collective project with an interdisciplinary team of professionals who is working since October of 1997. The project makes part of a net of national and international institutions that work in the promotion and popularization of the Culture of Peace, the human rights and the Humanitarian International Right.

FEP works through three main networks:

1. Schools of Peace network: (Red de Escuelas de Paz) More than 60 schools which have received training in human rights education, conflict resolution and peace education.

2. Young Net of Schools of Peace (Red Joven de Escuelas de Paz), has as main objective to offer interaction spaces where the knowledge of the Culture of the Peace is facilitated, directed and coordinated by the youth.

3. Peace Educators Network (Red de Educadores por la Paz), compose by a group of persons coming since all levels of the education interested in becoming agents that live and they multiply the ideals of the Culture of Peace, the human rights and the Humanitarian International Right.

Fundación Escuelas de Paz makes part of the National Net of organizations of the civil society who work for the PEACE in Colombia and it is in permanent interaction and connection with work initiatives in pro of the prevention of the violence and the construction of peace, peace education and human rights education.

For more information see: http://www.escuelasdepaz.co

February 10, 2016 at 8:00 am EST

My name is Ebenezer Omolekun and I currently live and work in Kaduna, North West Nigeria. I have up to ten years of work experience in the development sector. I have worked for different organizations before joining the Women’s Interfaith Council (WIC), an Interfaith based organization that promotes peaceful coexistence, peacebuilding, tolerance, non – violence, conflict resolution and women’s concerns. Over the years, I have developed competencies in administrative, managerial and programmatic skills including, resource mobilization, project design and management, monitoring and evaluation having been involved in the implementation of several projects funded by different donor agencies and governments. I have also attended several trainings in different areas of development both locally and internationally.

February 12, 2016 at 4:16 am EST

My name is Jeff Hamann, and I live in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where I work for PATRIR (Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania). I organise training programmes both in Cluj and London (and worldwide, upon request) around many different conflict-related topics, focusing on designing effective and sustainable peacebuilding programmes, developing early warning and prevention systems, etc. I am also a researcher working with a UN-backed project in Northern Iraq focusing on issues of return for displaced people (investigating how to build social cohesion, empathy and trust between and inside communities).

I am quite interested to engage with this community, and I look forward to speaking with many of you in the future.

February 13, 2016 at 7:53 am EST

Hello,
I am Tim Michael Adepoju from Nigeria.
I am the Executive Director of Triade Peace Foundation – Triade organization was borne out of the desire to spread the culture of entrenched peaceful coexistence amongs Nigerian youths (especially the students).

I am a graduate of Electrical Engineering but now a converted social and Humanitarian Ambassador.
The passion to take up service to humanity was rekindled on the 20th of February, 2006 when my mother, brother and sister were killed during a religious crisis in Northern part of Nigeria..

Hence, the birth of TRIADE ( Trio Adepojus’ murdered) organization existed to promote Love, Forgiveness and Tolerance irrespective of Religion, Beliefs, Tribe, Culture and Ethnicity.

I have taken numerous online programs on Conflict Resolution, peace promotion and currently providing psycho-Social support to the Internally Displaced Persons – IDPs, Promoting Peace using the school students as gate-keepers to the larger society and as well using Audio and Video Documentaries to walk victims through my experience to learn to show Love and Forgiveness as I have demonstrated during and aftermath of the crisis.

I am interested in Peace work and activities and also believes “Peace Is Possible In Nigeria”

February 14, 2016 at 1:57 am EST

Hi Michael,

Nice meeting you on this platform, can I know more about your work in TRIADE…Do you have web presence, where are you located, contacts etc

February 15, 2016 at 7:58 am EST

Hi, I’m Florence Kayemba currently living and working in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. I have more than a decades experience working in the media as a journalist, broadcaster and development communications specialist in East and West Africa. I do full time development work presently with a peacebuilding organisation which focuses on building resilient communities, democratization, access to energy, resource governance and environmental rights. Personally, I have great interest in the future character of conflict and the theory of new wars with a specific focus on the capabilities of various African countries such as Nigeria, Somalia, Mali and others in coping with the evolving character of conflicts. It appears that conventional warfare may no longer be appropriate in tackling new wars and this is particularly worrying for  ‘fragile countries’ that still struggle to provide adequate human security.

March 16, 2016 at 3:41 am EST

Hello to the community,

My name is Jeffrey Tilton and I am a Crisis Stabilization and Governance Officer with USAID. I am currently assigned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the office that focuses on conflict sensitive interventions in the eastern DRC.  I am particularly focused on Social Protection and prevention and response for Gender-Based Violence.  While my Peace Corps, military, and other varied experiences provide some perspective, I am new to all of these fields and look forward to profiting from the experience of this group.

April 27, 2016 at 7:31 am EST

Role: Bangladesh Programme Officer
Languages: Bangla (mother tongue), English, Hindi
Summary:
Ten Years working experiences with National and International research, development and humanitarian organizations (Safer World, Peace Direct, The Hunger Project, Bangladesh Women Chamber of commerce and Industry, Overseas Superintendence Company Limited) in Security & Justice (focusing to community safety-security), peace building and governance, humanitatrian and emergency response programme, protection, youth development, socio-economic development and empowerment programme, women economic leadership programme, action research, livelihood development and natural resources management, market access, economic empowerment programme, leadership and governance programme.
Five years working experiences in leadership positions for overall programme management and development. Good practical knowledge on humanitarian’s code and charters. Experienced to design and mobilize social movement towards changes that affect the life of poor and unique skill to translate rights based concept/ approach in the development programme.
Country experience:
Bangladesh, Kenya, India, Nepal and UK

August 7, 2016 at 6:48 am EST

Steven Ackah is the founder of Transform Ghana peace Project that aims to provide educational and career development for the youth and young adults in Ghana and part of Africa.  He’s alsothe the Author of knowing Africa book and has held several consultative forums toward peaceful elections in Ghana.  He form the Volunteer Partnership Programme has engage diaspora and other foreigners who have key interest in Ghana and Africa democracy and peace building.  Reach him on http://www.transformproject.org steven@transformproject.org  +233 (0) 541154997

August 7, 2016 at 7:11 am EST

Do take a look at our volunteer partnership programme on conflict and violence in Ghana. http://www.transformproject.org join us soon and our experts will help you out

August 7, 2016 at 7:16 am EST

If you would like to be a speaker in one of our consultative forum towards peace in Africa or just Travel to Africa to do a research on peace contact me for support Email steven@transformproject.org

September 20, 2016 at 8:32 am EST

Daniel is a peace advocate, education ambassador and a media and information literacy advocate. I am founder of Diplomacy Opportunities where I engage youths globally on issues around peace, community engagement, media and information literacy and global development opportunities.

I have undegone projects with UNESCO, DW Akademie, GAPMIL, ACSI and A World at School.

My focus areas include countering violent extremism, education and dialogue.

July 6, 2017 at 10:10 am EST

Wonderful to meet everyone, and read your inspiring stories. I am Kate, the editor of Peace News Network.

We are a new media agency, and we bring viewers and readers the other side of war reporting – stories from conflict zones we often don’t hear. Our stories are about people taking risks for peace.

July 6, 2017 at 10:17 am EST

Hello Jeffrey,

Great to read your intro – we ran a few stories on the DRC, in your area of work, we thought you might be interested in, and we would obviously be honored if you shared it with your networks:

https://www.peacenews.com/single-post/2016/12/20/Abby-and-Kyalu-Recovering-from-Rape-in-the-DRC

https://www.peacenews.com/single-post/2016/11/22/DRC-Changing-the-Sexual-Violence-Narrative

Kind regards, Kate and the team at Peace News Network

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