Diego is a program officer on the Planning, Learning and Evaluation team, where he works to coordinate grants for USIP’s IMPACT Colombia initiative focused on supporting local organization’s efforts to monitor and gauge program outcomes. He comes into this role with an extensive background in international management and development and over ten years of international field work. He has studied and worked in France, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa and China. He holds a BFA in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on International Policy and Management.

Prior to joining USIP, Diego launched a theatre company in Burkina Faso focused on improving outcomes and raising awareness on girls’ education, forced marriages and women’s empowerment. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa from 2005 - 2007, where he was assigned to work with local and international stakeholders focused on preserving regional flora and fauna. Diego has also worked at the Center for Economic Opportunities at the NYC Mayor’s Office where he supported research on evidence based poverty reduction programs, and at the Institute for Economics and Peace. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

Publications By Diego

Measuring Collective Impact: Creating a Framework for Assessing Multiple Peacebuilding Projects in Colombia

Measuring Collective Impact: Creating a Framework for Assessing Multiple Peacebuilding Projects in Colombia

Thursday, July 30, 2020

By: Diego Benitez

USIP implemented its Initiative to Measure Peace and Conflict (IMPACT) program first in the Central African Republic and later in Colombia, where it worked directly with peacebuilding organizations to gauge their collective impact on fostering reconciliation in the wake of the 2016 peace accord between the government and FARC rebels. Drawing on the challenges encountered and lessons learned, this report provides suggestions for how future iterations of the IMPACT approach can help policymakers, donors, and practitioners achieve greater and more cost-effective results from the peacebuilding projects they support.

Type: Special Report

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