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Judith McCallum is an Executive Director for the Life & Peace Institute (LPI), which carries out programs for conflict transformation in a variety of countries, conducts research, and produces numerous publications on nonviolent conflict transformation and the role of religion in conflict and peace building. The main focus of the company’s work has been on Africa, with the Horn of Africa Programs being established and well-known in the 1990s, as well as work in Somalia. Other initiatives have been carried out in Congo-Brazzaville, Croatia, Sri Lanka and East Timor. The company has strengthened the capacity of civil society partners to address the conflicts in their own context, in some of the most difficult and war-torn countries. Currently, LPI runs conflict transformation programmers in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions in partnership with local civil society organizations and universities in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There is also a common programmer including publications, policy work and methodology design based in Sweden. Judith is a senior peace-building and conflict management expert with more than 20 years of experience designing and managing innovative programs in Africa. She has a deep contextual and practical understanding of conflict drivers, coupled with theoretical expertise in social reconciliation, community-based conflict resolution, and strengthening conflict management systems at multiple levels. She also has proven skills as a researcher, monitoring & evaluation specialist, and manager of large and complex teams. As Country Director, Chief of the Party, and Peace Advisor for the Pact in Sudan and South Sudan, she supervised a wide variety of national and international staff and developed grassroots peace-building initiatives, including violence prevention measures in the lead-up to the 2010 elections. For the past two years, she has undertaken a number of short-term consultancies in a variety of areas including program evaluation, policy development, small arms control research, conflict assessments, and mediation.
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