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Webinar 27: Social Cohesion Strategies for Building Community Resilience to Conflict in Eastern DRC
March 10, 2020

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Click here to view the webinar recording

Webinar Description: Jean Baptiste Nimubona, Chief of Party of USAID’s Solutions for Peace and Recovery (SPR) Project in eastern DRC and Jerome Hansen, Technical Director at Management Systems International will provide an overview of the SPR Project that aims to promote conflict prevention through the strengthening of community-level social cohesion in North and South Kivu. Participants will learn about key strategies of the project including building local capacity for conflict research, inclusion of women and marginalized communities and the project’s emerging efforts to promote conflict sensitivity.

Speaker Bios: 

Jean Baptiste Nimubona is a development professional with over 19 years of experience leading human rights and governance initiatives in DRC and Burundi. His areas of expertise include peacebuilding and social cohesion, youth and women’s empowerment, health, and countering violent extremism. He served as Deputy Chief of Party for USAID’s Solutions for Peace and Recovery (SPR) project in eastern Congo, where he has consistently demonstrated the unique ability to successfully lead the SPR team. In August 2018, he became Chief of Party for USAID’s SPR project, implemented by MSI, proving his ability to excel in both technical and operational leadership of the project. Prior to his tenure with MSI, Jean Baptiste worked with Right to Play and CARE International respectively as Country Manager and National Programs Director in Burundi, where he directed staff and provided technical expertise to country-wide programs. He holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Management and speaks fluent English and French.

Jerome Hansen has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing peacebuilding, reconciliation, democracy, good governance and human rights projects in areas of fragility. His expertise includes political and conflict analysis, research, training, evaluation, and project and personnel management. Jerome has supported corporate social responsibility, civil society strengthening and peacebuilding projects in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Liberia, South Sudan and Nepal, including three years as the Sri Lanka Country Director for International Alert. He has served in government, civil society and international bodies with a proven ability to develop strategic and productive relationships in a variety of crisis environments. Jerome holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Catholic University and a master’s degree from the school of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

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