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Director Todd Diamond

Todd Diamond is a democracy and governance specialist and crisis and conflict analyst with more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing international donor projects. Working on behalf of USAID, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the U.K. government, Mr. Diamond has built the capacity of both civil society actors and government institutions charged with fostering accountable, cooperative, and productive political environments. He has worked in the Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. At Chemonics Mr. Diamond designs and supports governance and stabilization programs in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. Previously, he was a journalist on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. Mr. Diamond earned a graduate degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

by Todd Diamond

3 Questions with Todd Diamond on Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence

This post was adapted from an interview between Elisabeth Dallas, Chemonics’ Peace, Stability and Transition Practice director, and Todd Diamond, a conflict, stability, and security director in Chemonics’ U.K. Division. For the full interview, watch the video below. How are violent extremism and gang violence — and the development community’s approaches to them — similar?…

The Case of Jordan: Empowering Municipalities to Improve Public Service Delivery

This post originally appeared on UrbanLinks. Quick infusions of public services are usually a surefire way for local officials to increase their political capital. But pushing through reforms that spur longer-term economic development and strengthen community cohesion is often much harder to accomplish amid competing priorities. In Jordan, USAID’s Cities Implementing Transparent Innovative and Effective…

4 Best Practices to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism Through Governance

Despite the recent weakening of violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram, these threats continue to be a pressing global issue. In the development sector, countering violent extremism (CVE) and preventing violent extremism (PVE) are increasingly high priorities for government agencies and donors. As USAID, the State Department, and others grapple…