Wednesday 27 June 2012, 18:00
Urban Resilience in Kigali: Informality, Community and Security
Researcher, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)
Dr Moncef Kartas has been conducting field research in Kigali as part of the joint project of the CCDP/Graduate Institute, Geneva and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on urban resilience in situations of chronic violence, focusing on the interaction of formal and informal institutions in coping with stress factors. He was also the lead researcher for the Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) for Madagascar, for which the CCDP was mandated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Antananarivo. Dr Kartas has developed extensive expertise on the history and practice of UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding. He has also worked for the Geneva Centre on the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and was a researcher for the micro-finance NGO, ENDA inter-arabe, working in the poor neighbourhoods of Tunis. Prior to ENDA, Dr Kartas worked for Transparency International in Berlin and in the private sector as a consultant for German companies in Tunisia. He holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute and a Magister Artium in political science, philosophy and international law from the University of Munich.