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Chief of Party Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert

Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert is a gender equity advocate, economic development activist, and a women’s rights political strategist with over 25 years of experience. She currently serves as chief of party on the USAID Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. As a veteran global activist, Dr. Jalbert has employed economic development as an essential tool towards a more equitable and safe life. Living at the nexus of conflict and development by working with USAID, she has served as a diplomat in Afghanistan, Herat Consulate, business services director in Iraq, and senior advisor in developing, transitioning, and conflicting economies. Dr. Jalbert also determines, directs, and designs strategic policy models at the national, regional, and international level for economic escalation for the equitable inclusion of women into growing economies. To date, she has assisted on more than 90 assignments in 50 countries across four continents. Dr. Jalbert holds a master’s and Ph.D. in education and human resources from Colorado State University and a B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

by Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert

The Power of a Picture: Elevating Women’s Voices through Art

The global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). It takes place every year between November 25 and December 10, culminating on Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day celebrates universal rights — including the rights to life, liberty, and security — that are…

Facilitating Gender Equitable Policy Reform: Four Principles

Policy reform and implementation are always a challenge for donors and implementing partners. In transitional states, this process is even more complicated by shifting incentives and priorities. A facilitative approach can overcome these challenges. We have witnessed this in Afghanistan, where the right balance of coordination and direct technical assistance is accelerating reforms to promote…

Empowering Women and Cultivating Equitable Governance in Afghanistan

Afghanistan ranks near the bottom of virtually every index measuring gender equality and empowerment. Women continue to struggle for basic rights, including gender parity in health care, education, economic opportunities, social inclusion, and political participation. Amidst a deteriorating security situation, political instability surrounding upcoming national elections, and economic volatility that is a product of both,…