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Dr. Marc Sommers

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Boston University
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United States

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  • Ph.D. , anthropology
    Boston University
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Basic Education and Policy Support Activity (BEPS), 16 April 2015 [cached]
Don Graybill | Uzma Anzar | Margaret McLaughlin | Cynthia Prather | Renuka Pillay | Jon Silverstone | Sylvia Ellison | Rida Baidas | Vicky Frantz | Joanne Murphy | Sarah Havekost | Nima Abbaszadeh | Juliana Guaqueta | Marc Sommers
Marc Sommers
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.
Marc ..., 8 Mar 2015 [cached]
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.
Marc ..., 29 Jan 2015 [cached]
Marc Sommers
Marc Sommers
Marc Sommers has served as an international evaluator for CMPartners and the Conflict Management Group since 1999, conducting 16 field evaluations in three post-conflict countries (Rwanda, Burundi and Timor-Leste). He is also an Associate Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies with the Institute of Human Security at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a Research Fellow with Boston University's African Studies Center.
Marc has also carried out research and assessment work in 20 countries on youth, education, child soldiers, urbanization, forced migration, human rights, and coordination issues in war and post-war contexts. He has consulted for policy institutes and numerous United Nations, non-government, and donor agencies, and has received research support from the Ford, Guggenheim, Mellon and Rotary foundations. Marc is completing his 7th book, entitled "Youth in Waithood: Masculinity, Urbanization and Governance in Rwanda", and will write his 8th (on popular culture, youth and civil war in Sierra Leone) as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace beginning in October 2009. Marc's book, Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania, received the 2003 Margaret Mead Award.
Marc received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Boston University in 1994, with an emphasis on development, social and cultural anthropology. He is fluent in Swahili and proficient in Spanish and French.
Basic Education and Policy Support Activity (BEPS), 9 Oct 2014 [cached]
Marc Sommers, CARE
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