Partnership on USAID Evaluation and Analytical Services Program Provides Students with Real World Experience
Since February 2013 Sebastien Gasquet has served as Project Intern at the Ford Institute for Human Security. He has been assisting primarily on the Evaluation and Analytical Services Project contracted to the University of Pittsburgh and The Mitchell Group by USAID. He has translated documents relating to capacity development and program evaluation in both French and English and assisted the Ford Institute in coordinating with partner organizations: the West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP), the West African Research Center (WARC), the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) and the Ghana Center for Democratic development (CDD-Ghana). He has also assisted Research and Analysis Coordinator and Governance Group Coordinator Chris Belasco on a research proposal on marginalized peoples. Read more.
Pitt Team Shares $2.6 Million Government Contract to Evaluate U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Programs in West Africa
In West African communities where crime, unemployment, and religious extremism are high and government effectiveness is low, organizations are working to establish democratic order. Are they succeeding? How should these aid groups determine whether they’re effecting meaningful change?
To help answer these questions, a University of Pittsburgh faculty group has joined an evaluation and training project supported by a $2.6 million contract from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. government’s primary humanitarian aid agency. Pitt’s Governance Group in the University’s Ford Institute for Human Security has partnered with The Mitchell Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research firm, to examine the effectiveness of USAID programs in Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, and Niger over the next five years. Read more.
Does the Maghreb Matter? Building Peace through Economic Development
By Camille Gockowski
The Ford Institute for Human Security in collaboration with the World Affairs Council recently hosted the panel discussion “Does the Maghreb Matter? Building Peace through Economic Development” featuring Dr. Timothy Docking, Dr. J. Peter Pham, and Dr. Louis A. Picard to examine the current state of affairs in West and Northwest Africa. The president of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Dr. Steven E. Sokol, served as the moderator. Read more.