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Webinar 31: Increasing Resilience to Conflict and Violence in Practice: Lessons from Complex Crises

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, October 14th. Click here to view the webinar recording.

Webinar Description: Building community-level resilience to conflict and violence has become an important lens for peacebuilding approaches, and yet the concepts “risk” and “resilience” are still not widely agreed upon in this space. Throughout this webinar, Mercy Corps will share its experience putting these concepts into practice through programming and spark discussion on how peacebuilders approach community-level risk and resilience. Presenters will share lessons from USAID-funded programs in Niger that sought to create a framework for understanding community risk to violent extremism and now seek to address those risks by increasing inter-group social cohesion. The discussion will then turn to the role of building resilience to violent conflict in the broader resilience agenda and where the two types of resilience intersect and diverge. Mercy Corps will share its Advancing Peace in Complex Crises initiative, which seeks to achieve collective impact in humanitarian crises, using this framework as a springboard for discussion on community resilience both to conflict and in conflict settings. Panelists include Lisa Inks, Director of Peace and Conflict; Charles “Ted’ Holmquist, Peace and Conflict Advisor; and Emilie Tankora, Social Cohesion, Peace & Conflict Program Portfolio Manager.

Speaker Bios:

Lisa Inks is the Director of Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps, where she leads violence prevention strategy, program design, and implementation support globally.  She was previously the Director of Conflict Management Programs and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor for Mercy Corps in Nigeria and has worked at IREX and Global Nomads Group.  She has an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Charles “Ted” Holmquist is a Peace and Conflict Advisor for Mercy Corps. Prior to this, Ted served in leadership roles for Search for Common Ground in Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has experience in designing and managing peacebuilding programs in complex emergencies. He holds an MA in International Politics from the University of Manchester, and speaks English, French, and Swedish.

Emilie Tankora has been working on peacebuilding programming in the Sahel region for the past ten years. She is trained in mediation, conflict management and non-violent communication. She is currently working with Mercy Corps in Niger as a Social Cohesion, Peace & Conflict Program Portfolio Manager where Mercy Corps is combining development actions, research and learning-based programmatic approaches.


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