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Senior Vice President, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan Catherine Kannam

Catherine Kannam is the senior vice president (SVP) for Chemonics’ Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan region as well as the SVP for Chemonics’ Gender, Equality, and Social Inclusion technical practice. In addition, she brings years of experience in local economic development, municipal governance, private sector engagement, and gender issues. Ms. Kannam joined Chemonics in 2010 and has extensive experience in Asia and the Middle East, serving as the director of the Regional Agricultural Development Program – South (RADP-S) as well as the director and deputy chief of party for the Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP)– South in Afghanistan. While at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, she focused on Afghanistan election programming. Ms. Kannam began her international development career in New Delhi, India. She holds a master’s degree in South Asia studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.

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Lasting Peace in Afghanistan Powered by Broad-based Economic Growth

This post originally appeared on Devex. As negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban raise hopes for peace, it remains as important to stay focused on what comes next. It is time to start thinking about, and working toward, prosperity and the conditions that will ensure the entire country can realize the dividends from…

An Argument for Inclusive Stabilization

Photo courtesy of USAID Colombia Human Rights Activity. This post originally appeared on Devex. When everyone is struggling to recover from violent conflict, singling out one community for assistance among many ethnic and religious identities can actually make matters worse. Yet, to heal the inter-community rifts that set the stage for conflict, targeted outreach to…

What We’ve Learned From Afghanistan — and What’s Next?

When Afghanistan appears in the media, it is usually in the context of it being a war zone — the site, in fact, of the United States’ longest war. And that’s certainly true. But I have been lucky to see another side of the country — beyond the news headlines — where the Afghan government…