Jun 24, 2015 - Oct 19, 2021
2:00pm - 8:31pm    |    WILF Hall 5th Floor conference room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, New York

This event is invitation only. If you are interested in attending, email Stacy Cammarano at stacy.cammarano@nyu.edu. Valid ID and RSVP required.

The recent crisis in Iraq has exacerbated challenges for humanitarian and development organizations working in the region. Over 3,000,000 people from Southern Iraq and over 200,000 refugees from Syria have been displaced since January 2014, many of whom are currently living in Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The pressure of these arrivals has challenged both local and international NGOs to effectively allocate resources. In response, NGOs have developed innovative programs that address problems shared by both host and refugee and IDP communities. Using data, development organizations can pinpoint shared problems and work to integrate solutions among multiple groups.  This talk will discuss the strengths and limitations of current approaches as well as an assessment of how an increase in evidence-based methods can increase effectiveness of NGO programming efforts.

About the Speaker: 

Audrey Watne is Assistant Manager at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Her research interests include evidence-based program evaluation related to peace-building and social cohesion projects in the Middle East. Ms. Watne holds an M.S. in Global Affairs and Peacebuilding at NYU School of Professional Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Nyack College, where she focused on the Middle East and Islam, including studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt. In 2008, she lived and volunteered at Villa Amistad, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 2009, she taught English to high school students at Dai Hoc Su Pham School for gifted students in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. After returning from study in Egypt, she worked at Modest Needs Foundation, a domestic non-profit which aims to empower the working poor to self-sufficiency through small scale financial assistance. In 2015, Ms. Watne volunteered with REACH in Sulimaniya, Iraq, where she evaluated development programs in the region.

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