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Creating a Sustainable Peace Deal in Yemen: A Discussion with Ahmed Al Khameri

Ahmed Al Khameri
January 19, 2021
4 Minute Read
Investing in understanding Yemen's local conflict drivers and integrating this knowledge into peacebuilding and stabilization efforts is central to addressing the complexity that characterizes and feeds the ongoing crisis.

3 Questions with Mohammad Youssef: COVID-19, Technology, and Innovation

Mohammad Youssef
October 8, 2020
4 Minute Read
Former professional techie and current Chemonics program director, Mohammed Youssef reflects on how international development practitioners can harness simple yet effective technologies to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and navigate new challenges to keep projects on track.

3 Questions on Designing an Emergency Intervention in Lebanon During COVID-19 with Bilal Al Ayoubi

Bilal Al Ayoubi
August 26, 2020
4 Minute Read
In the wake of the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, the USAID Community Support Program launched an emergency response community cleanup in a major blast zone — during COVID-19. Bilal Al Ayoubi shares how the project team is navigating this unfathomable challenge.
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Three Questions on Financing Self-Reliance with Mario Kerby

Mario Kerby
August 11, 2020
4 Minute Read
How can development practitioners foster local commitment for financing self-reliance? Chief of Party Mario Kerby shares how his project has engaged a diverse array of stakeholders — from finance ministers to schoolchildren — to ensure commitment to crucial fiscal reforms remains strong.
Syrian children sitting in a circle shout happily

Psychosocial Support for Children Counters the Legacy of Violent Extremism in Syria

Michele Bradford | Mayss Al Zoubi
July 1, 2020
2 Minute Read
Exposure to violent and radical ISIS ideologies has damaged Syrian children’s mental health. In areas touched by violent extremism, transforming classrooms into mental health positive spaces that deliver psychosocial support can kickstart the healing process.

The Case for Practical Techniques for Inclusive Classrooms

Audrey Spencer
March 10, 2020
4 Minute Read
Audrey Spencer explains why disability identification and policy reform alone can leave teachers and students waiting and calls for more immediate, practical techniques to create inclusive classrooms.

3 Questions with Roula Moussa on Private Sector Engagement in Lebanon

Roula Moussa | Christy Sisko
September 26, 2019
5 Minute Read
After pitching and scaling a digital platform, Roula Moussa, CEO of Netways, shares insights on how the development community can better engage the private sector.