Emily Cole is a program officer for governance, justice and security in the Applied Conflict Transformation Center. She works on the Sahel/Maghreb Justice and Security Dialogue project.

Emily has been focused on peacebuilding, governance and humanitarian response in the Sahel for the past several years with experience in both implementation, research and policy. Prior to joining USIP, Emily worked on governance, civil society and peacebuilding programs at FHI 360. Before graduate school, she worked on advocacy and strategy with U.S. private foundations and NGO coalitions.

Emily served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and speaks French and Pulaar. Emily holds a MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from Amherst College.

Publications By Emily

In Niger, Security Requires a Collaborative Strategy

In Niger, Security Requires a Collaborative Strategy

Thursday, September 27, 2018

By: Emily Cole; Ramatou Adamou Gado

Over the summer, police in Niamey, Niger agreed to participate in a live radio call-in show to discuss security concerns, including complaints about police behavior. The police previously had declined to participate in similar activities but had come to see the value of direct communication with the community. In Niger and throughout Africa’s Sahel region, small steps like this toward communication and accountability, and larger changes in policy, are needed to encourage communities to work with security services.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Democracy & Governance

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