Perspectives on Education and Resilience
Resilience—defined by USAID as the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth—has gained increased attention for its potential to shape programming in crisis and conflict contexts, including in the education sector.
The focus on resilience is reflective of a growing recognition of the need to plan and implement quality basic education programs in the presence of risk, uncertainty, and complexity. This webcast will present relevant research, a conceptual framework, and insights from USAID’s white paper on Education and Resilience. Panelists will share insights from research, policy, and programming on education’s unique contribution to individual, community, and institutional resilience in conflict and crisis.
James (Jim) Rogan
With over 25 years of experience, Jim has held senior management roles with international organizations, consulting firms, and NGOs. Over the last ten years, he has focused on the intersection of conflict, violence, and disasters, as well as humanitarian and development coherence. He is principal and owner of Exterion, LLC, a development consulting firm, as well as the author of USAID’s Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) Toolkit. Jim serves as ECCN’s Conflict Specialist.
Jim holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Chicago.
Christine oversees the Agency’s strategy and approach to building the resilience of vulnerable communities in areas subject to recurrent crisis. She began her career with USAID in 2002, and in her tenure has supported emergency responses in Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, as well as responses to food insecurity in the Horn of Africa and Ebola in West Africa. Her technical expertise includes humanitarian assistance and crisis response, post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction, and food security. Christine also served as the Director for Humanitarian Assistance on the National Security Council (NSC). She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s in anthropology from George Mason University.
Dr. Ritesh Shah
Ritesh, the author of the forthcoming Resilience in Education white paper, is a global scholar and expert on education provision in contexts affected by crisis and conflict and has published widely in this area. He has led or been part of several research teams and partnerships, as well as been engaged independently as a M&E or education expert on a range of projects for donors and implementing partners. In the last ten years, he has worked across the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
Joel’s professional and research interests focus on complex social and educational change. With 25 years of experience within the World Bank, he has led the design of its work on Education Resilience Approaches (ERA) within the System Assessment for Better Education Results (SABER). As part of his applied work in crises, he supports Ministries of Education in their transitions from emergency response to on-going development efforts. In his doctoral research, he developed the “Transformative Resilience Framework”, aimed at guiding more relevant research of education change in complex contexts.
Anjuli currently serves as the Education in Crisis and Conflict Senior Research and Learning Advisor within the Office of Education. Prior to joining USAID, Anjuli supported or designed rigorous impact evaluations in fragile contexts across a wide variety of sectors and designed and conducted real time evaluations of emergency responses to natural disasters and conflicts. She has also served in senior management roles of health and violence prevention programming for children and women. She most recently worked in Liberia. Originally, Anjuli trained as a public health practitioner and in the U.S. worked in community-based HIV/AIDS prevention and response and domestic violence/sexual assault prevention and response.
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