Category Archives: Conflict Sensitivity – Do No Harm

When You Are The Divider

– In this installment of our accountability and sensitivity seriesSabina Carlson Robillard urges colleagues in the humanitarian and development world to know who they are in the context they work in, and use that knowledge wisely. She draws on her time working in Haiti and Guinea, and the moment she realized she was a “divider” in the N’zerekore Ebola response context  – Continue reading

How we listened for the virus: the contribution of community engagement to the Ebola response

– In this post Sabina shares her personal experience supporting the response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. She explains that listening and community engagement gave responders a better fighting chance – by locating contaminated areas before the disease spread, and by increasing community willingness to collaborate with epidemic protocols. She points out helpful listening methods, and argues that her experience shows it is possible – and that responders must – take the time to listen even in the heat of the response. – Continue reading

Who has a seat at the World Humanitarian Summit?

Sharing the Voices from CDA’s Humanitarian Effectiveness Project

With zero days, hours, and minutes left until the launch of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, many in the sector anxiously await to see if the conversations will really cull commitments that can redirect a languorous humanitarian system. Public departures from these critical conversations by sector leaders, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have left the community to ruminate about the achievability Continue reading

What Can We Learn About Corruption in Fragile States?

– Why “what can we learn about corruption in fragile states?” is a central question for The Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative, and first steps taken to investigate it. The first post in our series on corruption in fragile states –

The Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI) was initiated due to concerns that anti-corruption efforts by foreign assistance actors were not achieving their desired effects. Funded by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) of the US State Department,  CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and Besa began work on CAASDI in September 2012, with the aim of developing a diagnostic process to understand corruption dynamics in the criminal justice sector (police, courts, corrections) that will help generate more effective programming in conflict and fragile affected states.

A Diagnostic Process to Understanding Corruption Dynamics

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Jeffry John Seng

My Second Myanmar Election

Yesterday 80% of Myanmar voted for national election. It was the biggest voting I experienced so far and this is my second time electing my government. My name is John Jeffry Seng and I work for CDA as a Program Manager in Myanmar. I have been on board with CDA’s Myanmar team for three months.  Before, I worked with a Myanmar NGO in the conflict transformation and community development field.

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moments between crises

In the Moments Between Crises

Sabina C RobillardWhile the world scrambled to pick up the pieces left by the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th, 2010, I spent most of my time listening. I was not a doctor, not a logistician, not a GIS specialist – but I was an American who spoke Haitian Creole. Working for both small and large post-earthquake operations, I had a drive to support better communication pathways between Haitians affected by the earthquake and the people who came to assist them.

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