I will be presenting my findings from my Fulbright research project, Boreal Heartbeat at the Twin Ports Climate Coalition on December 19th, 2017. My talk is entitled, "It's a feeling I can't describe": How climate change is affecting the mental and emotional well-being of people who live close to the land in northwestern Ontario. See details in the announcement below. For more information about this project, please visit the Boreal Heartbeat website.
Social Impact's final evaluation of the ReSAKSS network was published on USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC). I co-authored this report with Dr. Sarah Tisch (Team Leader), Dennis Marotta (Deputy Team Leader), Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Evaluation Specialist). You can read the evaluation here.
The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports the implementation of the African Union (AU) Comprehensive African Agriculture Programme (CAADP) at the continental, regional, and country levels throughout Africa. ReSAKSS was created to provide technical policy and data analysis assistance and support to the AUC, regional economic communities (RECs), and country-level government entities responsible for the agricultural sector, notably ministries of agriculture. For this evaluation, I collected and analyzed data in Rwanda, Nigeria and Senegal, and contributed to the writing of this report.
My work on land conflicts in Burundi was quoted by Jillian Keenan in Foreign Policy Magazine.
"Ethnic tensions, however, are only part of the puzzle in Burundi’s land crisis. Poor farming families are straining the country’s limited ground space. About two-thirds of Burundians live in poverty, and families often have several male heirs who are forced to share plots of earth that barely fit a home and a few rows of crops. As a result, according to research conducted by land-rights consultant Kelsey Jones-Casey, '[T]he most destructive conflicts experienced by rural people in Burundi are intra-family disputes, most of which manifest over the issue of inheritance.' Violence sometimes occurs within polygamous families, with sons born by different mothers fighting for finite land. In Muramvya, people speak in low voices about a woman who slit her husband’s throat to accelerate a land inheritance for her son."
I'll be presenting my paper (co-written with Alfred Bizoza and Laura Dick) "The Gendered Nature of Land and Property Rights in Post-Reform Rwanda" at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. This year's conference theme is "linking land tenure and use for shared prosperity."
The conference will be held March 23rd to 27th in Washington D.C.
I will be speaking at the Great Lakes Policy Forum on Thursday, February 9th from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies's Kenny Auditorium. My paper is entitled, "These are the Conflicts that Destroy Families and Communities:’ Land Conflicts in Post-War Burundi.”