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Webinar 29: Stabilization Lessons Learned from Sirte, Libya
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April 29, 2020
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Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, May 13. Click here to view the webinar recording.

Webinar Description: Sara Skahill, Senior Middle East and North Africa Regional Advisor supporting USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) through McFadden will tell the story of OTI’s 2017-2020 stabilization efforts in Sirte, Libya, which was the largest ISIS stronghold in the world outside of Syria and Iraq until it was liberated in late 2016. The presentation outlined how the program balanced physical and social recovery efforts; simultaneously pursued short, medium and long-term service delivery solutions; and used creative contracting options to improve speed and flexibility. The presentation also discussed challenges associated with reconciliation and social cohesion programming in post conflict environments.

Speaker Bio: Sara Skahill is the Senior Middle East and North Africa Regional Advisor supporting USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) through McFadden. A proficient Arabic speaker with 18 years of experience in conflict affected countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and the Palestinian Territories, Ms. Skahill has designed and led more than half a billion dollars of political transition, stabilization, countering violent extremism, governance, and humanitarian assistance programs across the Middle East and North Africa. Within OTI, Ms. Skahill previously led OTI stabilization and political transition programs in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon. Prior to joining OTI, Ms. Skahill worked for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the State Department. Ms. Skahill has also worked in the private sector as a consultant for USAID contractors and several security consulting firms. Ms. Skahill has a Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and studied Arabic at the American Universities in Beirut and Cairo.


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