What is stability? A single definition of “stability” could go a long way in aligning the international community’s priorities around addressing fragility and the risk of instability. On June 26 to 27, the Stabilization Symposium brings together world leaders, development practitioners, private sector representatives, and policymakers to look at applying a single definition of stability across all U.S. government entities to implement more effective stabilization activities. As a leader in implementing peacebuilding and stabilization programs, Chemonics is pleased to join the conversation as a sponsor, featuring Director Stacia George as a panel moderator.
The Stabilization Symposium proceeds from the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR), a first-of-its-kind interagency effort involving the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense. The purpose of the SAR is to assess how the U.S. government approaches stabilization and to align its diplomatic engagements, foreign assistance, and defense operations. The SAR will serve as a guide for U.S. government operations in conflict-affected and fragile states.
Held in Washington, D.C., the symposium is hosted by Creative Learning, the International Peace and Security Institute, and the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. On the first day, representatives from the Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, National Security Council, civil society, and international organizations look at existing frameworks, including the SAR, and how best to implement programs that adhere to this new approach to stabilization.
On the second day, international donors, including the World Bank, United Nations, U.K. Department for International Development, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, join the conversation. Sessions on this day will look at how to coordinate efforts and funding to achieve realistic goals with lasting impact. Director Stacia George moderates a breakout session in the afternoon that looks at perspectives from working in Lake Chad Basin, facilitating a discussion among Department of State, Creative Associates, and DAI experts.
Since 1975, Chemonics has committed to taking on the toughest development challenges in complex political and social environments. Learning from our multi-sectoral expertise, our global workforce supports political stability, drives peacebuilding efforts, and mitigates the effects of conflict so that communities and countries are better prepared to withstand and recover from conflict.
As part of these efforts, in 2018, Chemonics established the Center for Applied Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism. The center aims to identify successful approaches, methodologies, and practices to counter and prevent violent extremism, pulling from quantitative and qualitative data. Chemonics is proud to participate in the Stabilization Symposium and contribute to the critical discussion about how best to implement activities that lead to long-lasting stability.
Learn more about our work in peace, stability, and transition here. And keep up with the conversation leading up to and during the Stabilization Symposium by following @chemonics.