Global Justice Academy confirms seven PSRP scholarships for upcoming Summer School

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The Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a Summer School this month as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme, and is delighted to introduce seven scholarship recipients. ‘Inclusive Political Settlements: the Theory and Practice of Transforming Conflict’ kicks off next Monday, 20 June 2016, and will run for three days.

The PSRP programme of summer research capacity building will continue from 27 June with the Transitional Justice Institute’s Summer School in Belfast, ‘Women and Political Settlements: International, Regional and Local Approaches to Peacemaking’. The TJI summer school also has generous scholarship provision as part of PSRP. Click here to read all about the candidates who will be travelling to Belfast.

Meet the recipients of this year’s Edinburgh awards:

Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed

Muhammad Ashfaq AhmedMuhammad Ashfaq Ahmed is a career civil servant with the Pakistan Inland Revenue Service and has diverse institutional experience across the country, spanning a couple of decades. Before moving to take up his current assignment as Director General to the President of Pakistan, Muhammad was Commissioner of the IRS, based in Islamabad. Prior to this, Muhammad was Chief (International Taxes), and Pakistan’s lead treaty negotiator at international level. He has an MA (English Language & Literature) from Punjab University, Lahore; an MPhil (US Studies & International Relations) from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; an MSc (Economic Policy Analysis) from Saitama University, Japan; and a PhD from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, in political economy. Muhammad’s current research interests include the interplay between politics and economics in Pakistan and South Asia, and the conflicts that have a direct or indirect nexus with it.


David Baganda

David BagandaDavid Baganda is a Ugandan Social Researcher with a broad experience of monitoring and evaluation work. He is a graduate of Political Science at Makerere University; with a postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Uganda Management Institute; and a postgraduate certificate in research and report writing skills from the Centre for Basic Research. He has participated in project-based work with the World Bank/Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, FHI360 and UNDP. David is the founding member and Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy and Action Research (CPAAR),research affiliate to the Centre for Basic Research, and is a member of Association of Borderlands Studies – University of East Finland (ABS) and the Africa Borderlands Studies Network (ABORNE). David has been involved in the coordination of various research and monitoring and evaluation initiatives in the Great Lakes region, the most recent being pioneering the Borderlands Studies Chapter in Eastern Africa seeking to improve policy advocacy on conflict prevention and resolution. His current research interests include regional integration from bottom-up, including local mechanisms for effective management of ethnic political conflict with a focus on the Great Lakes Region.


Ibrahim Farah

Ibrahim Farah 1Ibrahim Farah, a former lecturer from the University of Nairobi, is the founder of the Mogadishu-based Justice & Peace Network which is a global Somali civic movement. He heads the research arm of the Network: the Somali Academy. Ibrahim’s areas of interest include foreign policy analysis and conflict studies in the eastern Africa and the MENA region; with emphasis on Somalia.



Njahira Gitahi

Njahira GitahiNjahira Gitahi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya); and a LLM degree in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham . She is a qualified advocate and mediator. Njahira is currently reading for a PhD studies at Nottingham, on the use of traditional forms of dispute resolution to resolve or prevent armed conflict. Her central focus is on internal conflagrations in Africa. She has trained at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) on peacekeeping, and at NUI Galway and the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences on international criminal law. Previously, Njahira worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as well as in academia at the Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.


Andrea Carolina Guardo

Andrea Carolina GuardoAndrea Carolina Guardo is a Colombian lawyer with a Master’s degree in Economics, a is a Project Management Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has managed USAID programmes in the areas of human rights, gender, rule of law and governance, with a focus on implementation in the outlaying regions of Colombia most affected by the long-lasting armed conflict. Andrea’s recent activities include managing a four-year civil society strengthening program aimed at supporting grassroots civil society to participate and engage in local governance and peace building. From 2006 to 2010, she worked in the Legal Office of the Colombian Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development. Previously, Andrea worked in the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office, for various NGOs, and at the Socio-Legal Center of the University of Los Andes. She was born in Monteria, Cordoba – one of the regions most affected by the war in Colombia. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys hiking, biking and reading.


Trilochan Malla

Trilochan MallaUntil recently, Trilochan Malla managed  an UNDP project with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nepal on ‘Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security’. His cumulative professional career spans more than 20 years, including: 13 years of military service; 7 years of hands-on engagement in post-conflict programmes, including peace keeping missions; and a further 5 years in academic teaching. Trilochan has been a practitioner in the post-conflict peace building/recovery arena, as well as in governance and rule of law work – particularly in the areas of: disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR); armed violence reduction (AVR); community security strengthening; small arms control; and community driven development. This work has been carried out with various armed forces,  governments, UN-Agencies, and INGOs; alongside academic institutions in countries like Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Republic of South Sudan. With double masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies as well as Political Science, Trilochan is a faculty member at the Department of CPDS at TU, and a guest lecturer at the Armed Police Force Staff College and Nepalese Military Academy. His research interests are in the field of post-conflict security and governance challenges.


Mariana dos Santos Parra

Maria Dos Santos ParraMariana dos Santos Parra is a PhD candidate in Human Rights at University of Deusto, in Spain. Her research concerns the relationship of United Nations peace operations with local peoples, and how it affects their legitimacy and, consequently, their ability to actually contribute to peacebuilding. She is taking Haiti is her case study, where she conducted a field study in April-May 2016. Mariana holds a Master’s in International Studies from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, and a degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil. Her article ‘Direitos Humanos e Direitos Coletivos – A Violência Doméstica e as Mulheres Indígenas no Brasil’ (‘Human Rights and Collective Rights – Domestic Violence and Indigenous Women in Brazil’) was awarded with the Construindo a Igualdade de Gênero (Building the Gender Equality) prize, by the Special Secretariat on Public Policies for Women of Brazil, CNP and UN Women. Mariana has five years of experience in the NGO sector, in the areas of business and human rights and combat of forced labour.


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