SAS Consortium

Farzana Ahmed, Senior Researcher, Peace Direct

Farzana manages the "Stopping As Success" learning project at Peace Direct Show more

Farzana manages the “Stopping As Success” learning project at Peace Direct. She has a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London. Previously, she worked for the Africa Directorate at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, an international NGO based in Yemen and a research consultancy in South Sudan.

In the SAS project, Peace Direct are leading on case studies in Morocco, Colombia, DR Congo, Bangladesh, Philippines and Mali. Contact: [email protected] 

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Sarah Phillips, Senior Communications Officer, Peace Direct

Sarah leads on communications for the SAS project for Peace Direct, coordinating content for social media, the website and social media. Show more

Sarah leads on communications for the SAS project for Peace Direct, and coordinates content for social media, website, and blog series. She is jointly responsible for Peace Direct’s overall digital marketing and communications:

Contact: [email protected] 

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Isabella Jean, Senior Consultant, CDA

Isabella Jean is a Senior Consultant supporting Stopping as Success (SAS) consortium project. Previously, she served as CDA’s Director of Collaborative Learning and Evaluation leading collaborative learning and research and development (R&D) efforts. Show more

Isabella Jean is a Senior Consultant supporting Stopping as Success (SAS) consortium project. Previously, she served as CDA’s Director of Collaborative Learning and Evaluation leading collaborative learning and research and development (R&D) efforts. Isabella joined CDA in 2007 with a focus on facilitating sector-wide learning on conflict-sensitivity, peacebuilding effectiveness, collaborative aid models and accountability to affected communities. She has led field research in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and the Middle East and has advised bilateral donors, UN agencies, and operational organizations working across the globe. In 2012, she co-authored CDA’s book, “Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of Aid.”

Prior to joining CDA, Isabella conducted policy research on conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies, conducted evaluations and directed training programs for community organizers working on racial inequity and school reform. Since 2010, Isabella has taught graduate-level courses on strategies, design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding as an adjunct faculty at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Isabella holds an MA in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University and a BA in International Relations from Bowdoin College.

Contact: [email protected]

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Kiely Barnard-Webster, Consultant, CDA

Kiely is a Consultant at CDA for the SAS project. She has worked with CDA since 2015 in a variety of capacities. Show more

Kiely is a Consultant at CDA for the SAS project. She has worked with CDA since 2015 in a variety of capacities. From June 2015 until April 2019, as a CDA staff member, she managed several collaborative learning projects (CLPs) and research & development (R&D) engagements. She started at CDA working closely with BESA consultant Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and CDA colleague Peter Woodrow to design a new corruption analytic framework applying systems thinking approaches. This partnership with Department of State, International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) was a result of the need for better analytic frameworks within the fields of corruption inquiry and criminal justice reform. This work resulted in several co-authored publications from a pilot project in DRC, field research in CAR, and an overarching corruption analysis methodology. Kiely also contributed blog posts on corruption’s adverse effects on different gender groups to the Corruption in Fragile States Blog, now hosted by the Fletcher School’s Henry J. Leir Institute of Human Security.

From January 2018 through April 2019, Kiely focused primarily on supporting CDA’s ongoing collaborative learning projects (CLPs). She managed the SAS project and led field work for three different case studies in Thailand and India. For CDA’s Collective Impact in Peacebuilding CLP, Kiely contributed to one case study, conducting remote interviews in French and collaborating with local partners on the ground who led the field work component.

Prior to joining CDA, Kiely was leading small community development projects for one year (such as sexual and reproductive health classes for middle school youth, adult ESL classes, and partnership with an urban clinic in Villa Guadeloupe supporting families of children receiving anemia treatment, and mothers with high-risk pregnancies) in Managua, Nicaragua. She received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA. She is a native English speaker, and professionally fluent in French and Spanish.

Contact: [email protected] 

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Ruth Rhoads Allen, Chief Collaboration Officer, CDA

Ruth joined CDA as Chief Collaboration Officer in 2019. In a new role for CDA, she is leading the organization into its next chapter as a collaborative platform. Show more

In 2019, Ruth joined CDA as Chief Collaboration Officer. In a new role for CDA, she is leading the organization into its next chapter as a collaborative platform. She is responsible for strategy design and ongoing co-creation of CDA’s vision, technical focus, and means for engaging its global network to address critical issues and common challenges across humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding fields. Ruth also works directly on several of CDA’s collaborative learning and advisory services partnerships.

On the SAS project, Ruth oversees the project for CDA, contributes to thought pieces and the overall influencing framework. She is well placed to do since she has worked across the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding fields for nearly 20 years, with direct work experience in over 30 countries, forging her passion for community resilience in the face of inevitable social, political, and environmental systems-level challenges. Her own substantive work is on cross-sector partnerships, good governance, and civil society leadership, having published significantly for both practitioner effectiveness and policy influence. From 2004-2013 Ruth served in multiple positions at Mercy Corps, including leading the agency’s global technical portfolio as Director of Governance and Partnerships, and as Senior Advisor focused on strategic planning in sensitive environments. As Founder of ViewFinder International in 2013, Ruth continued technical consultations as well as expanded her expertise leading strategic organizational change process for INGOs, UN agencies, national organizations, and private funds.

Contact: [email protected] 

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Marin O'Brien Belhoussein, Senior Program Manager, Search for Common Ground

Marin has worked on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and international development policy and programming throughout her career Show more

 Marin has worked on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and international development policy and programming throughout her career. Currently, she is the Senior Program Manager within the Institutional Learning Team at Search for Common Ground. Her portfolio centers on experimental evaluation and research, building the evidence base for what works to transform conflict and foster enduring social change. Previously, she worked for Conflict Dynamics International; the United Nations Development Program; Chemonics International, Inc.; and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Lebanon, and Guatemala. Marin holds a B.A. in History with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies from Haverford College and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

In the SAS project, Search for Common Ground are leading on case studies in Burundi, Timor-Leste and Kenya. Contact: [email protected] 

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Grace Boone, Program Manager, CDA

Grace joined CDA in 2018. For her first year, she primarily focused on supporting two collaborative learning projects, SAS and Collective Impact in Peacebuilding. Show more

Grace joined CDA in 2018. For her first year, she primarily focused on supporting two collaborative learning projects (CLPs): SAS and Collective Impact in Peacebuilding and one research and development engagement: Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium. She conducted research, planned regional consultations, wrote blogs and Issue Papers, and provided overall support to the CLPs.

Since April 2019, Grace has managed the SAS project. In this, she has taken the lead on Issue Paper development and regional review meeting planning. In the coming year, she will create resources, tools and additional thought pieces to support locally-led development in responsible transitions. Grace also leads communications efforts at CDA for the SAS project, ensuring that the SAS project remains visible and stays engaged with CDA’s and SAS’ wider audience.

Outside of CDA, Grace experiments with a variety of art mediums, including painting, poetry, and most recently, printmaking. She finds joy in uninterrupted TV binge watching and conversations over coffee. Grace received her Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management in Waltham, MA.

Contact: [email protected] 

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David Yamron, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, Search for Common Ground

David is the Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Coordinator on the Institutional Learning Team at Search for Common Ground Show more

 David is the Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Coordinator on the Institutional Learning Team at Search for Common Ground.

Before joining Search, he researched climate change migration as a consultant for ActionAid International and supported program design and adaptive management in the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity. His work experience also includes stints as a tech company project manager and an ESL teacher in Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a BA in History from Carleton College and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, where his research focused on the relationships between inequality and conflict.

In the SAS project, Search for Common Ground is leading on case studies in Burundi, Timor-Leste and Kenya. Contact: [email protected]

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