M&E Thursday Talk – The Role of Funders in Learning and Evaluation in Conflict – 12.23.14
The Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium were pleased to have hosted a Thursday Talk with Alexandra Toma, Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group.
Funders, evaluators, researchers and practitioners alike face common challenges when working in conflict-affected contexts. However, each group can make unique contributions to ongoing learning, better evaluation practices, improved programs and more sustainable outcomes. Alexandra Toma, Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group discussed their latest white paper on The Role of Funders in Conflict (link is external), and how their quick tips apply equally to learning and evaluation practices in conflict.
Please check back soon for a transcript of the Talk.
About the Speaker:
Alexandra I. Toma has experience at senior levels of politics, government, advocacy and philanthropic organizations, most recently as the Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a donors’ collaborative focused on incentivizing collaboration as a tool to meet today’s human rights, nuclear nonproliferation, and climate change challenges. While Director of the Ploughshares Fund’s “Peace and Security Initiative,” she launched the Fissile Materials Working Group, a non-governmental coalition of more than 75 U.S. and international organizations providing action-oriented policy solutions to keep the world safe from nuclear terrorism. Prior to her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy advisor to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA). She enjoys teaching at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and speaking and writing extensively on national security, foreign policy, and philanthropy issues.
In 2011, Alex was named a “Top 99 Under 33” foreign policy leader by Diplomat Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She earned an M.S. in Foreign Policy and Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in International Affairs and Psychology, with a minor in French, from the University of Virginia.