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Columbia Group for Children in Adversity

The Columbia Group For Children

5 River Road, Suite 116

Wilton, Connecticut 06897

United States

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EQUIP2 Project Director

The Watson Institute for International Studies


The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Visiting Researcher

African Studies Center, Boston University


Women's Refugee Commission


International Consultant and A Research Fellow At African Studies Center
Boston University

Senior International Technical Advisor
Education Development Center Inc

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Educational Psychologist and Youth-At-Risk Specialist
Care USA

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow
United States Institute of Peace



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Marc Sommers, PhD has conducted research, assessment and evaluation work in 20 war-affected countries over the past two decades. An expert on youth and education during and after conflict, Sommers has consulted for policy institutes and a broad array of United Nations, non-government and donor agencies. He has also published extensively on youth, children, gender, education, employment, conflict negotiation, child soldiers, urbanization, forced migration, human rights, security and coordination issues in war and post-war contexts. Sommers is finalizing his seventh book, entitled Stuck: Youth in Rwanda, and writing another, called Marley's War: Terror and Transformation in Sierra Leone, that uses Sierra Leone and its youth to probe how terror warfare and popular culture have influenced the war and post-war eras. His third book, Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania, received the 2003 Margaret Mead Award.


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Marc Sommers began working on education issues two decades ago, when he served as a girls' high school headmaster in Kenya. Since then, he has worked on emergency and peace education, education during post-war reconstruction, the human rights of forced migrants, urban refugees and migrants, and community reconciliation. He has also explored the impact of war on children and youth in Africa as well as Colombia, El Salvador and Kosovo. Dr. Sommers is currently CARE's Educational Psychologist/Youth-At-Risk Specialist for the BEPS Activity. He also works as an international consultant and a Research Fellow at Boston University's African Studies Center. His publications include a book, "Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania," (Berghahn, 2001); a monograph, "The Dynamics of Coordination" (Humanitarianism and War Project, Tufts University, 2000); and three articles: "Peace Education and Refugee Youth" (EPAU, UNHCR, 2001), "Emergency Education for Children" (Center for Int'l. Studies, MIT, 1999), and "Young, Male and Pentecostal: Urban Refugees in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania " (Journal of Refugee Studies 14(4), 2001). Dr. Sommers is fluent in Swahili, proficient in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French.

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Marc Sommers

Consultant and Visiting Researcher, African Studies Center, Boston University
Marc Sommers is an internationally recognized youth, conflict, education and gender expert, and an award-winning author. In 2009-2010, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.
Currently, Dr. Sommers is working to complete Marley's War.
For over two decades, Dr. Sommers has consulted for donor agencies, NGOs, UN agencies and policy institutes, working in 21 war-affected countries across Africa and in Colombia, El Salvador, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan and Timor-Leste. His work addresses a range of war and post-war issues, including youth, security, conflict negotiation, child soldier, gender (sexual violence, adulthood, masculinity), education, employment, governance, urbanization, displacement, development and coordination. He taught for many years at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is a Visiting Researcher with the African Studies Center at Boston University. He also works part-time as Senior International Technical Advisor for the Education Development Center.
Dr. Sommers has an extensive publication record.

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