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Learning While Doing: A Conversation with USAID/Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation

On December 4, 2014 the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium were happy to have hosted a talk with Joe Hewitt and Dave Hunsicker of the US Agency for International Development Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (USAID/CMM). 

Ideally monitoring and evaluation support accountability but also contribute to wider learning. Distilling and managing that learning, however, can be challenging in any setting. This is particularly true in institutions with large staff, numerous reporting structures and programs around the world, and varying goals and mandates. Joseph Hewitt and David Hunsicker, of US Agency for International Development Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (USAID/CMM),  shared insights in how their team works to gather, disseminate, and apply learning from conflict-affected settings within USAID.

Recording and Transcript:

For a transcript of the discussion, please click here

Due to technical difficulties with our recording software, there is no recording for this Thursday Talk. The NPE team apologizes for the inconvenience. 

About the Speakers: 

Joseph Hewitt is a Senior Conflict Advisor in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID, where he serves as the lead for the Technical Leadership team. He is a specialist in international conflict, with a particular focus in forecasting armed conflict and political instability. He has extensive expertise in quantitative political analysis, statistical modeling, research design development, and management of large datasets. His specific research focuses on the causes of armed civil conflict, conflict early-warning, forecasting political instability, conflict assessment, and the connections between government attributes and conflict behavior. Prior to joining USAID, he was the Associate Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland where he directed the center’s policy research operations. His most recent book is Peace and Conflict 2012 (co- authored with Ted R. Gurr and Jonathan Wilkenfeld). Additionally, his research has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions. 

David Hunsicker is a Senior Conflict Advisor at USAID. He provides technical support to USAID bureaus and missions on conflict issues, particularly as they relate to religion and identity. His work includes developing analytical and training products on religion and conflict, radicalization processes, counter-extremism and counterinsurgency from a development perspective. His regional focus and responsibilities center on South and Central Asia, and Israel-West Bank and Gaza. David received his Masters from the University of Washington in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. 

On behalf of Debbie Trent

Regarding partners, what has been your experience with engaging among diaspora organizations in conflict mitigation and assessment?

Thank you,
Debbie Trent
Deborah L. Trent, Ph.D.
Analysis & Teaching at the intersection of diplomacy, development & peacebuilding
USC Center on Public Diplomacy 2014-16 Research Fellow