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8-2 SID Conflict and Development Panel

8-2 SID Conflict and Development Panel

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INTERNATIONAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
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Public and Private Sector Leaders AddressDevelopment in Conflict Zones at SID World Congress
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 AUGUST 2, 2011CONTACT: MELISSA PRICE571-366-1596PRESS@IRD-DC.ORG
ARLINGTON, VA
 – 
 Participants at the 2011 Society for InternationalDevelopment (SID) World Congress, co-sponsored byInternational Relief andDevelopment (IRD),heard a timely panel discussion on the
“nexus betweenconflict and development.” The July 30 panel event in Washington, D
.C.,attracted government officials, non-government organization and corporateleaders, and development practitioners from around the world. Speakers includedDr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., President and CEO of IRD; Tessie San Martin, CEO of Plan USA; Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of USAID; AmbassadorRick Barton, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of theUnited Nations; Alonzo Fulgham, Vice President of IRD; and Tom Wheelock,Senior Director and Vice President, Communities in Transition, of CreativeAssociates International."In recent years, there are an increasing number of conflicts that destabilizesignificant populations around the globe. So, like it or not, development and
conflict are juxtaposed upon each other,” said
Keys in his introductory remarks."Development assistance programs must implement holistic strategies whichaddress both the structural conditions and local grievances, the major drivers of 
instability.”
 San Martin, the panel moderator,
used Keys’ remarks to frame the next hour’s
discussion, which ranged from development priorities, to the relationshipbetween civil and military authorities in conflict settings, to the empowerment of women and youth as necessary catalysts for long-term social and economicdevelopment.Steinberg focused on the active inclusion of women in every dimension of development work, especially as USAID seeks to operate in new and moreeffective ways.Local community control and leadership of development programs was anotherconsistent theme in the discussion.--more--

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