International Affairs part-time faculty member Dr. Erin McCandless will be participating this week in an Experts Roundtable on “Fostering Resilience in Situations of Fragility and Conflict”. The meeting is being convened by UNDP, UNICEF and Interpeace on September 18-19 at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Gathering scholars, practitioners and policymakers, from around the world, the meeting aims to deepen and advance understanding about resilience of communities, sectors and systems to conflict, and the roles of the international community in fostering resilience.
Dr. McCandless is presenting the framing keynote talk for event, where she will examine the status of debates and questions driving thinking, practice and policy around resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, as well as gaps and challenges, to catalyze the two days of discussions.
Erin McCandless is a specialist in peacebuilding and development with over fifteen years of experience working in areas of integrated programme design and management, policy development and advising, research, writing and publishing, teaching and training. Over nine years of experience in conflict and post-conflict recovery contexts globally, with in-depth experience in Africa. Areas of specialization include: peacebuilding and development related strategic frameworks, conflict sensitivity, inter-agency and UN Mission coordination, civil-society-government and donor relations, governance related capacity-building, addressing post-conflict war economy challenges, poverty reduction strategy processes, evaluation methods – in particular peace, conflict impact assessment related.