Slifka Staff Members Participate in Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Network

Three representatives of the Slifka Program Initiative "Creative Approaches to Coexistence and Reconciliation" made their way to Washington, D.C. on October 27 to attend the Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Network (CPR). CPR is a network of peacebuilding practitioners, primarily staff members of international donor institutions such as USAID, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the World Bank. Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Initiative, along with Program Assistant Thalia Sparling and writer Sarah Cross, spent the day networking and sharing information at a Knowledge Fair, a venue for mostly US-based NGOs to share insights and approaches to "community-driven development programs in conflict-affected and fragile environments," the chosen theme of CPR's meeting. The Fair proved a welcoming environment in which to educate influential people in the development community about the contributions of cultural work and the arts to sustainable development efforts in conflict regions. The three shared examples, insights, and lessons learned from the Brandeis International Fellows' projects and discussed the resources of the Slifka program. Cynthia, Thalia, and Sarah are hopeful that some of the contacts that were made will yield fruitful (and creative!) collaborations in the future.