Stabilisation: Over 10 years of Policy and Practice
Convening Space at IDS.
This seminar discussion will set out an overview of the UK approach to stabilisation since the establishment of the UK's Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit in 2004, drawing on examples from Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere, and based on the presenters' experiences of stabilisation in the field.
About the Speakers
Philippa Brown is a consultant specialising in designing and implementing programmes focused on counter terrorism and stabilisation/early recovery work in conflict environments. She has just completed a three-year posting to the British Embassy Mogadishu, where she covered two thematic areas: leading the multidisciplinary counter-terrorism team, and designing and delivering the UK's bilateral stabilisation programme. Prior to her work in Somalia, she designed and managed the UK's counter terrorism programme in Pakistan, focused on criminal justice capacity building in Punjab. Philippa also deployed to Afghanistan as part of the UK’s support to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand 2009-10.
Louise Perrota has a wealth of experience delivering programmes in challenging environments, working both as a consultant and within the UK government, specifically in the Department for International Development and the Stabilisation Unit. She has held numerous positions advising on stabilisation policy and approach, drawing the lessons from HMG experience and advising how these lessons could be applied.
Alastair Scott-Villiers has been involved in community focused development work for several decades. After 14 years working for the UN (UNICEF and UNOCHA), he has been working with the Pastoralist Communication Initiative on projects that assist members of bilateral, multilateral and international agencies, governments, politicians and local agencies in learning from and coming to agreements with pastoralists about their issues and aspirations. He has focused predominantly on East Africa – working extensively in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.