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Webinar 30: Conflict and Violence: Frameworks to Understand Risk and Resilience

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23. Click here to view the recording.

Webinar Description: As USAID’s new Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention (CVP) incorporates non-conflict violence prevention into its portfolio, it is exploring what practitioners from the two fields can learn from one another. This webinar highlighted the frameworks conflict and violence prevention practitioners use to understand risk and resilience factors to different forms of violence. Presenters explored current conflict and violence trends, discussed how and why practitioners from the two fields tend to see the world differently, and provided an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of existing frameworks across the two fields. Panelists include Alayna Tetreault-Rooney, Senior Violence Prevention Advisor at USAID/CVP, Liz Hume, Vice President at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Sara Batmanglich, Senior Operations Officer at the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group and Rachel Locke, Director of Impact: Peace at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

Speaker Bios:

Alayna Tetreault-Rooney is the Senior Violence Prevention Advisor USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention. Ms. Tetreault-Rooney has designed, implemented, and evaluated citizen security programming for USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other private sector and non-profit organizations. Her particular areas of expertise are evidence-based violence prevention programming, security and justice sector reform, community strengthening, social protection, youth development, and urban development. In her current role at USAID, Ms. Tetreault-Rooney leads the Center’s Learning Agenda for Conflict and Violence Prevention.

Liz Hume, JD, MA is the Vice President at the Alliance of Peacebuilding, a membership-based organization with over 120 organizational working.  She directs the Policy and Advocacy program, where she co-leads the Global Fragility Act Coalition, comprising of 65+organizational members, which was instrumental in supporting the passage of the bipartisan Global Fragility Act recently signed into law. She is a conflict prevention expert and has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in bilateral, multilateral institutions and NGOs overseeing conflict prevention and peacebuilding programs in conflict-affected and fragile states in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. She was the Chief Legal Counsel for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo, where she was responsible for developing the legal framework and policies in support of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UN Resolution 1244. After 9/11, Liz worked for the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where she established and managed the Protection Department for Afghan refugees and returning IDPs. She also helped establish the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID, developing programs and policies to improve the USG’s ability to address the causes of violent, deadly conflict.

Sara Batmanglich is currently a Senior Operations Officer (Strategy and Analytics) in the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group at the World Bank where she guides the Bank’s FCV assessments and other analytics. Sara joined the Bank from the OECD, where she was a Peace and Conflict Advisor in the Crises and Fragility Unit, leading on the flagship States of Fragility report as well as the policy research portfolio for the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF).

Before joining the OECD, she was an independent consultant who did both field and policy research on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, youth and various forms of violence. Sara has also worked for International Alert, a UK-based peacebuilding NGO, where she was Head of their Crime, Violence and Instability programme, which undertook research on drivers of transnational organised crime, violent extremism and urban violence and identified opportunities for peacebuilding approaches to address these. She initially joined International Alert in their International Institutions programme with the focus of better understanding how the UN and the World Bank, through their engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations, were supporting nationally-defined peacebuilding and development priorities.

Previously, Sara worked for International Peace Institute (IPI) and NYU’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) where she liaised closely with the UN system and focused on multilateral approaches to peace and security, including operational and structural prevention, peacekeeping and special political missions. She began her career with Vice Media, where she supported the initial expansion of the company into new markets.

Rachel Locke joined the Kroc IPJ as Director of Impact: Peace in July 2019. Rachel has extensive experience delivering evidence-based violence prevention solutions to some of the most difficult international contexts while simultaneously advancing policy for peace. Prior to joining IPJ, Rachel was Head of Research for violence prevention with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. In this capacity, Rachel led coalition building and evidence curation with the UN,  bilateral governments, the African Union, civil society and others to explore the challenge of delivering the 2030 Agenda targets for peaceful societies (SDG 16.1).

Earlier in her career, Rachel served as Senior Policy Advisor with the US Agency for International Development where she developed and represented agency-wide policy on issues concerning conflict, violence and fragility. She also led USAID research and policy on crime, conflict, and fragility and worked extensively on program design, implementational and evaluation primarily in Africa. After leaving USAID, Rachel launched a new area of work for the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, bridging effective violence reduction approaches from the U.S. to municipalities globally. This work involved direct collaboration with law enforcement, national and city-level government and civil society actors. Among other initiatives, Rachel launched a three-year effort across two states and five municipalities in Mexico at a time of exceptionally high violence.

Rachel’s experience bridges the humanitarian, development, peacebuilding and urban violence realms. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. She has also published a variety of articles and other works focusing on violence prevention, humanitarian aid, conflict and transnational organized crime.


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