Jill Baggerman is a program officer with USIP’s Policy, Learning and Strategy Center. She supports monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the Middle East and North Africa Center, the rollout of new tools and resources, and the Institute’s progress tracking and learning strategy.

Jill has been focusing on the intersections of peace, the environment, and inclusiveness for many years, with research, monitoring, evaluation, and implementation experience in both post-conflict peacebuilding and the water sector. Prior to joining USIP, Jill worked on transboundary water cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention and the former United Nations Office for Project Services Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. She also has a background in local reconciliation efforts in South Sudan, Uganda, Bihar (India), and Liberia.

She holds a master’s in global policy studies from the University of Texas with a specialization on water policy in fragile contexts; a master’s in development, sustainability, and peace from United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, where her thesis was on the nexus between inclusiveness, water, and peace in South Sudan; and a bachelor’s in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas.

Jill contributed to the Global Campus course Conflict Sensitivity for Peacebuilding and has authored several publications on topics related to water and peace, including The Role of Nonviolent Action in Water Governance, Simmering Glacial Geopolitics, and Getting Coherence and Coordination Right.

Publications By Jill

World Water Day: The Role of Nonviolent Action in Water Governance

World Water Day: The Role of Nonviolent Action in Water Governance

Monday, March 22, 2021

By: Jill Baggerman;  Emmanuel Davalillo Hidalgo

Will people go to war over water? According to the United Nations, “Water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change” in the years ahead. As access to this finite, vital resource becomes increasingly imperiled, water-related tensions will rise — both between states and within them. In recent decades, disputes between governments and local stakeholders have resulted in mass action events centered on water governance. Today, in the age of accelerating climate change, nonviolent movements will need to adapt their strategic thinking if they are to improve water governance and prevent violent conflict.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Nonviolent ActionEnvironmentDemocracy & Governance

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