On April 19, 2017, ECCN, in collaboration with Mercy Corps, conducted a webcast and discussion on the role education can play in reducing violence. The presentation explored Mercy Corps’ findings from a rigorous impact evaluation of its USAID-funded Somalia program. The mixed methods evaluation tested the impact of increasing access to formal education and civic engagement opportunities on youth participation in and support for political violence.
Learn more about the impact evaluation:
Feysal Osman, Civic Engagement Specialist, Mercy Corps, Somalia
Feysal Osman is Mercy Corps’ Civic Engagement Specialist in Somalia, overseeing the Somalia Program’s youth engagement component. He is a Somali-speaking development expert with experience both in research and analysis focused on Somalia and applying that research to design and manage donor-funded programs in Somalia. As a Navanti Senior Analyst, he compiled and analyzed data to identify drivers of conflict and developed mitigation strategies to ensure the successful implementation of political, economic, security, and development programs for multiple international stakeholders. At Mercy Corps, he is using his knowledge of Somali culture to develop youth civic engagement strategies. He is a graduate of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and worked in the DC area on research and development programs before moving to lead the SYLI program in Somalia. He is fluent in English, Somali, and Arabic.
Beza Tesfaye, Research Manager for Conflict and Governance, Mercy Corps
Beza Tesfaye is the Conflict and Governance Research Manager at Mercy Corps overseeing a portfolio of research studies centered on youth and violence, governance, and violent extremism. She has authored studies on this topic, including Mercy Corps’ recent study—Critical Choices: Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths’ Propensity Towards Violence. Beza has extensive experience designing and carrying out impact evaluations and research in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, Jordan, and Nigeria.
Colette Chabbott, ECCN Senior Researcher
Colette Chabbott, PhD, is adjunct faculty at George Washington University’s International Education Program and Senior Researcher for the Education in Conflict and Crisis Network. She has written extensively on the role international organizations play in promoting global agenda such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Her latest book, Institutionalizing Health and Education for All: Global Goals, Innovations, and Scaling Up, is now available on Amazon.com.