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Project Manager, United Kingdom Division Jaclyn Grace

Jaclyn Grace is a Programme Technical Manager in Chemonics’ United Kingdom Division. She is concurrently pursuing her MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, focusing on conflict and stabilisation in West Africa. Her ongoing academic research undertakes a comparative analysis of evolving conflict dynamics across Malian and Burkinabe borderlands. At Chemonics, she most recently supported a pilot technical assistance programme in Mali, in collaboration with the U.K. Embassy in Bamako and the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Sahel. As part of this project, Jaclyn co-authored the ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals Toolkit’, a technical guide to implementing a community-level approach to conflict analysis and peacebuilding work. Previously, she served as a Project Manager for the ACCELERE!1 education project, co-funded by USAID and DfID, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also worked on a U.S. Department of State project in Mauritania which brought together traditional leaders, government, and community influencers to speak out against violent extremism. Jaclyn holds a B.A. in international comparative studies and French from Duke University.

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3 Questions with Jaclyn Grace on Engaging Elites to Resolve Conflict

Chemonics’ recently published toolkit offers peacebuilders a practical guide to applying “Elite Bargains and Political Deals” (EBPD) theory to their activities. Through her work delivering stabilization programming in Mali, Jaclyn Grace co-authored the toolkit. She explains how EBPD theory helps development practitioners see localized conflicts in a new light. 1. What is Elite Bargains and Political Deals…

Elite Bargains and Political Deals Toolkit

The toolkit provides peacebuilders with a means to better understand power dynamics in local conflicts. The approaches and activities contained support organizations to develop conflict mitigation, resolution, and prevention techniques that reflect the underlying political and cultural factors that drive conflict.