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Webinar 22: Assessing Violent Extremism
November 30, 2018
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Webinar Date: Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 EST. Click here to register.

Webinar Description: Over the past decade, donors have commissioned scores of assessments to guide countering violent extremism (CVE) strategy and programming. The assessments have followed a number of guides and frameworks, employed different research methods, and included both desk studies and field-based research. From this growing body of work, a number of promising practices are emerging, which will be the topic of discussion in Peace Exchange’s final CVE Campaign webinar, hosted by Dr. Phyllis Dininio from Management Systems International (MSI).

Speaker Bio: Dr. Phyllis Dininio is a comparative political scientist with over twenty years of experience in international development. She is currently a Senior Technical Director at MSI where she is directing a CVE baselines program in 7 countries for the State Department, reviewing USAID CVE assessments, conducting a CVE assessment in Pakistan and leading research on rule of law and organized crime for USAID. She has conducted political economy, fragility, and DRG assessments and led research, program design, and trainings on violent extremism, organized crime, anti-corruption, women’s political empowerment, authoritarianism and other DRG topics. Publications include USAID Anti-Corruption Program Efficacy in Sub-Saharan Africa; Street Gangs and Violent Extremist Organizations; Organized Crime, Conflict and Fragility; Practitioners’ Guide for Anticorruption Programming; High-level Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime; The Development Response to Drug Trafficking in Africa; Guidance for Democracy and Governance Programming in Post-Conflict Countries; and The Handbook for Fighting Corruption.

Previously, Dr. Dininio served as Senior Governance Advisor in the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Consultant at the World Bank, and Scholar in Residence at the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at American University. Dr. Dininio also served as USAID’s first anti-corruption advisor in USAID’s Democracy and Governance Center. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a master’s in political and economic development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


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