The role and utility of research in driving evidence based aid

Date/Time: 04/03/2014  13:30 - 15:30

Location: PRIO

With researchers from Feinstein Center, this academic seminar takes an in-depth look at three pieces of on-going work, from Syria, Chad and Uganda, all of which seek to inform the aid process, and use these to illustrate what it will truly take to move humanitarian aid to a true evidence-based footing.

Dr. Kimberly Howe. Senior Researcher, Breaking the Hourglass: Improving International-Local Partnerships in Remote Management Settings

Donors and International NGOs (INGOs) are increasingly relying on local partners to carry out humanitarian assistance in insecure environments. There is little consensus and a general lack of evidence on the best ways to identify local partners, assess and build capacity, and monitor and evaluate work remotely. Kimberly Howe will present an on-going study, funded by the US Dept of State (BPRM), which seeks to build a set of tools and methods to guide INGOS and donors with their partnership strategies and practices in remote management settings. Dr. Howe will discuss the development of these tools through cross sectional and longitudinal case studies in Northern Iraq and Northern Syria.

Anastasia Marshak. Researcher, Measuring Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition (CRAM) in Sila, Chad

Anastasia Marshak will discuss ongoing research in eastern Chad that explores the impact of an integrated approach to building household resilience to food insecurity and malnutrition.  Based on previous learnings, Concern Worldwide is implementing a three year program on the theory that building resilience requires not only a multisectoral approach, but also integrating the often separate development and humanitarian sectors.  The Feinstein Center, in partnership with Concern, is evaluating the impact of the program, as well as developing and testing a data driven early warning system to be integrated into the development and emergency response components of CRAM.  Anastasia Marshak will present preliminary analysis of the research.

Dr. Elizabeth Stites.  Research Director; Assistant Research Professor, Evidence on Male Youth Involvement in Violence in Karamoja, Uganda

Elizabeth Stites will present findings from a research and evaluation project on the role of male youth in violence and crime in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda.  The project, which was funded by the World Bank’s Learning on Gender & Conflict in Africa (LOGiCA) Trust Fund and concluded in February 2014, sought to a) better understand the continuation of violence in the region in order to improve and inform programming, and b) test the impact of a combined behavior change and livelihoods project on the propensity of male youth for violence.

Please note that this is a closed academic seminar. Participation is accepted by invitation only.

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