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M&E Thursday Talk - Why Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Matters

On June 30th at 10:00am EST the M&E Thursday Talk series was hosted by Sarah McLaughlin of Alliance for Peacebuilding who led a discussion on Why Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Matters. Inter-religious action can play an important role within and between these sectors in developing social cohesion—a key factor in building resilient, peaceful societies. The EIAP seeks to understand how to evaluate inter-religious action and what best practices exist on how it can contribute to larger peacebuilding and development efforts:

EIAP Objectives

  • Increase the understanding of current practices in inter-religious action and the status of evaluation efforts for such work;
  • Develop, test, and refine appropriate evaluation tools and methodologies for inter-religious action;
  • Developing, over time, an evidence base for effective inter-religious action; 
  • Advocate for policies that support effective inter-religious action in peacebuilding and development initiatives around the world.

Sarah McLaughlin highlighted the work of EIAP, reflected on last week's EIAP Conference in Istanbul, and discussed the importance & challenges of further collaboration between organizations in peacebuilding. Join us for a riveting discussion!

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About the speaker: 

Sarah McLauglin Bio.jpgMs. Sarah L. McLaughlin is the Deputy Director of Learning and Evaluation at Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) where she manages the Effectiveness in Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Program (EIAP) and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC). Prior to coming to AfP, she worked for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) as the Asia Program Manager working on peacebuilding programs in Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Ms. McLaughlin has over twelve years of development experience with specific expertise in peacebuilding and youth development, including program design, management, and monitoring Page 5 and evaluation. She has worked for both local NGOs and INGOs in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, Sudan, Indonesia, Nepal, Timor-Leste and Pakistan. She also has over four years of experience working with vulnerable children and youth in the United States, including refugees and wards of the state, coordinating workforce development initiatives and dropout prevention strategies as well as providing policy recommendations at local and state-levels for at-risk youth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University (PA) in Political Science and a Master’s Degree from the University of York (UK) in Post-war Recovery Studies. In 2010, she assisted in the creation of a USAID/CMM publication entitled, “People-to-People Peacebuilding: A Program Guide”.