By Gabriel Maisonnave
“My grandson died of pneumonia,” Esther explained as she wiped the tears from her eyes.
The conflict between the Pokot and Samburu tribes of Northern Kenya has forced Esther, as it has many families, to keep moving further from danger. Sometimes this meant sleeping under a bush for nights at a time until they found more stable shelter. It was during one of these nights that her grandson became sick. Making a fire to keep warm at night was out of the question; enemies would be able to spot the flame.
On Monday, November 21st, 2016, the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and the United States Institute of Peace gathered together at USIP headquarters for an informal brown bag lunch. Both IMTD and USIP presented.
Vice President of USIP’s Academy Jeffrey Helsing opened the session by discussing the founding and history of USIP and the many features of the organization, including peacebuilding operations, new initiatives within USIP, and the education opportunities provided by the organization.
One of IMTD’s main interests currently is monitoring and evaluation, as this is a vital part of measuring success during and after peacebuilding programs. Elizabeth Cole, Director of the USIP Fellows Program presented some key methods and findings regarding these topics.
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