Supporting Resilient Livelihoods in Challenging Environments
Returning to self-sufficiency after a crisis or disaster is one of people’s greatest desires, but the path to recovery can be extra challenging in areas affected by conflict or insecurity. The Central African Republic (CAR) – ranked the world’s second poorest country – is one such challenged location.
Microlinks, in collaboration with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), held a webinar on June 7. Presenters from three organizations – Oxfam Intermon, Plan International, and Mercy Corps – shared their experiences supporting crisis-affected people to restore their livelihoods, rehabilitate market infrastructure, and establish informal savings in the CAR.
The webinar included a moderated discussion to capture lessons applicable for development and humanitarian practitioners working in similar contexts.
Valentina Dal Lago is a Funding Officer for Oxfam
Intermón. She has been working in development around humanitarian efforts since 2005 with different NGOs. She has extensive knowledge of the EU, UN system and others as a technical adviser, manager, and evaluator for projects in the gender, civil society, project management, non-formal education and human rights realms.
Ben Kaufman joined Mercy Corps in April 2016.
As a Grants & Communications Officer, he works across the spectrum of Mercy Corps’ activities – engaging partners, beneficiary communities, media and NGOs – to design and advance Mercy Corps’ programs in the Central African Republic. Previously, he worked in Mercy Corps' DR Congo office in Goma. Ben joined Mercy Corps after three years with the International Crisis Group, where he worked for the DC advocacy office. He earned his master's in International Relations at the University of Chicago and is fluent in French and English.