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Dialogues with Dexis | Crisis Without Conclusion

DIALOGUES WITH DEXIS

Crisis Without Conclusion: Adapting Programming to Protracted Conflicts

Dialogues with Dexis are online events that bring together diverse practitioners in conflict prevention, stabilization, governance, and global security to discuss emerging trends and new innovations.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Online Event

Join Dexis Consulting Group and featured panelists on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 10:00am –11:00am EST for a virtual discussion on how development, stabilization, and peacebuilding practitioners can adapt and respond to protracted conflicts.

Development, stabilization, and peacebuilding efforts to address and respond to conflicts traditionally rely on some level of stability, predictability, and/or a functioning political process or peace agreement. Today’s conflicts, however, are increasingly protracted, manifesting in complex crises with no clear resolution in sight.

Despite efforts towards adaptive management and shock-responsive programming, many programs still struggle to adapt to the ongoing needs of countries in prolonged conflict. How have stabilization, peacebuilding, and development practitioners successfully adapted their approaches to these protracted conflicts? And what do their efforts reveal about how governments should promote proactive, long-term, and sustainable strategies, as seen in the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability?

Moderated by Dexis Senior Technical Advisor Andrew Sinclair, the panelists will draw on their experiences working in Ethiopia, Ukraine, and across the U.S. interagency to discuss how donors and practitioners can adapt their programming to protracted conflicts.

Featured Panelists

Picture of Nebiyu Tadesse, Regional Program Manager, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) - Ethiopia Support Program, Dexis Consulting Group

Nebiyu Tadesse, Regional Program Manager, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) - Ethiopia Support Program, Dexis Consulting Group

Nebiyu Tadesse is the Regional Program Manager for the USAID/OTI Ethiopia Support Program, where he oversees the Amhara region portfolio, which strives to foster peace and stability. With over seven years of managerial experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, he has spearheaded several impactful projects in WASH, rehabilitation, psychosocial support, and peacebuilding, prioritizing disability inclusion. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in project planning and management. Beyond work, he is a devoted father to a two-year-old daughter and loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Picture of Mehri Druckman, Ukraine Country Director, IREX

Mehri Druckman, Ukraine Country Director, IREX

Mehri Druckman is the Ukraine Country Director at IREX, where she oversees a $100 million portfolio and supports more than 100 staff implementing multi-donor portfolios in areas such as media literacy, veteran affairs, public diplomacy, and independent media. Mehri is also the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) activity. Previously, Mehri designed and managed the Learn to Discern project, an innovative solution to disinformation that reached over 15,000 Ukrainians and is now applied in over 20 countries. She also served as the Global Technology Advisor for IREX's Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Beyond Access project, helping build the capacity of public libraries to deliver efficient services that meet local community needs.

Picture of David Young, Deputy Director – Lessons Learned Program, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

David Young, Deputy Director – Lessons Learned Program, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

David Young is the Deputy Director of the Lessons Learned Program at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). He is the lead author of SIGAR’s lessons learned reports on U.S. stabilization efforts, U.S. support to elections, the agency’s 20-year anniversary report “What We Need to Learn,” and the congressionally mandated report, “Why the Afghan Security Forces Collapsed.” He has extensive field experience in six conflict/post-conflict environments: Afghanistan, the Sahel, Israel/Palestine, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Northern Ireland. In the past, he has worked as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, the World Bank, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Adam Smith International, and Interpeace. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic.

Picture of Andrew Sinclair, Senior Technical Advisor, Dexis Consulting Group

Andrew Sinclair, Senior Technical Advisor, Dexis Consulting Group

Andrew is the Senior Advisor for Dexis’ Center for Global Security and Stabilization, leading strategy and thought leadership across Dexis’ security and foreign assistance portfolios. He brings considerable expertise operating in complex conflict environments with the U.S. government. Before joining Dexis, Andrew served as the USAID/OTI Country Representative for both Libya and Syria. In Afghanistan, he led the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team for USAID. Before his federal service, Andrew researched multilateral peace operations at the Center on International Cooperation. Andrew holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan.

Event Details

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Online Event