My field of practice is social enterprise administration with concentration in international social welfare with immigrants and refugees. I am a reintegration, psychosocial and youth development specialist. I use field experience to develop social programmes and projects that address former child soldiers’ reintegration, reduce at-risk youth violence and organize crime, and extreme poverty.
I have delivered innovative psychosocial initiatives, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cash Transfer for the rehabilitation and social and economic reintegration support for child soldiers and at-risk street youth. I connect rigorous academic theory with real-world practice conducting cutting-edge research and developing innovative solutions to support governments and organizations around the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I have worked in West and East Africa, Asia and North America and most recent at the United Nations.
My main program focus is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Cash Transfer that transform at-risk youth into productive citizens, reducing violence and crime in communities in developing countries. My focus also includes work on reintegration of former child soldiers, child protection and skill building, and chronic absenteeism in secondary schools. I have worked on child protection, skill building and case management in New York, former child soldier reintegration and at-risk youth violence and crime reduction in Liberia, West Africa, girls’ empowerment and chronic absenteeism reduction in secondary schools in India and Uganda.
Currently I am a Reintegration Consultant for the Global Coalition for the Reintegration of Child Soldiers at the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations in New York.
I have a graduate degree (MSc. Degree) from the Columbia University School of Social Work with concentration in Social Enterprise Administration (SEA/Management Fellow Program) and Field of Practice in International Social Welfare. I also have an undergraduate degree (BSc Degree) in Economics from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University College, a diploma from the Advance International Training Program in Human Rights, Peace and Security sponsored by Sweden International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and implemented by Indevelop in Stockholm and Cambodia with several certificates in leadership, financial management and peace studies.
As a Reintegration Specialist, I provide consultancy for the Office of the Special Representation of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict on the Global Coalition for the Reintegration (GCR) of Child Soldiers to innovate new ideas to sustainably address support for child reintegration programs.
As a psychosocial specialist, I provide psycho-social rehabilitation and cash transfer for social and economic reintegration to heal trauma and its impact on former child soldiers, former fighters, at-risk street youth and post conflict communities. I have developed a transformation program, an eight-week psychosocial and cash transfer intervention that offers rigorous evidence and innovative model that allows child soldiers, former fighters and at-risk street youth reduces violence and organize crime through the integrated delivery of simple, effective, proven and low-cost interventions. STYL findings: http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2594868, ( www.christopherblattman.com ).
As a youth development specialist, I connect rigorous academic theory with real-world practice conducting cutting-edge research and developing innovative solutions to support governments and organizations around the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I develop an innovative approach that track and learn about the causes of student absenteeism to improve attendance and reduce dropout in secondary schools.
Some of the issues and questions I am passionate about: Do poor urban youth have psychological and behavioral traits—including self-control problems, impatience, or risk attitudes—that increase poverty, or create a poverty trap? Can behavioral therapy and cash transfer help control these problems, leading youth to be better socialized and more productive citizen? Why are some youth at the heart of violence and crime? What interventions and programmes can transform and reintegrate them in society? Why secondary student become chronically absent? Can the use of a sample biometric tracking system paired with a fingerprint scanner and tablet reduce dropout? Why children are recruited in arm conflict by armed groups and forces? What gaps/needs exist for a sustainable reintegration programming? What funding modalities and mechanism is required to exponentially increase funding for child soldiers’ reintegration?
Previously, I worked at the Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute Columbia University as a Budget and TAP Program Manager in six countries (Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and India in Asia) from 2014 - 2017.
I am the Founder, President and CEO of the Network for Empowerment and Progressive Initiative – NEPI, ( http://www.nepiliberia.org ) a charitable youth empowerment and service organization dedicated to finding solutions to extreme poverty, former child solder rehabilitating and reintegrating, crime and violence reduction.