Programmes & Projects:

I am interested in finding solution to youth violence, petty crime, and extreme poverty. One of my projects, the Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia (STYL) is an eight weeks group cognitive behavior therapy designed to promote future orientation self-discipline and norms of non-violent, pro-social behavior. Followed by unconditional cash transfer, led to significant decreases in crime, drug use, and violence for participants.

Completed Programmes and Project

• 2017 GATES, Birla, and District of Mehabubnagar, Telangana State, India
Truancy Assessment Program: A New Prevention and Intervention Program designed to reduce chronic absenteeism with the use of a simple biometric tracking system called eAttendance paired with a table and a fingerprint scanner.  
Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institution Columbia University 
Co-Principal Investigator 
Total research budget: 137,000.00 ($40,000; $52,000, 19,000 and 26,000) 

• 2015 – 2016 IKEA Foundation 
Truancy Assessment Program: A New Prevention and Intervention Program designed to reduce chronic absenteeism with the use of a simple biometric tracking system called eAttendance paired with a table and a fingerprint scanner.  
Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institution Columbia University 
Co-Principal Investigator 
Total Program Budget: $1,000,000.00; Research budget: $800,000.00 
The Truancy Assessment Project (TAP) is a sample biometric approach to measuring student chronic absenteeism toward reducing school dropout. TAP was conducted in collaboration with other scientists like Dr. Yanis Ben Amor and Justine Dowden at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) Earth Institute, Columbia University http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2015/05/04/49720/. (http://csd.columbia.edu/what-we-do/youth-empowerment-programs/, www.yuvanestham.org, www.eminyeeto.org
TAP is presently under peer review. 

• 2010 - 2014 NEPI/Innovation for Poverty Action
Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia. NEPI Inc., Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) and Global Community, Researchers Christopher Blattman, Associate Professor of SIPA Columbia University, Julian C. Jamison, World Bank and Margaret Sheridan, Harvard Medical School. 
Findings are reported here http://chrisblattman.com/research/, http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2594868 
Program Design and Implementation 

Total Budget: $1,000,000.00; CBT $200,000.00

Subgrant: UYEX-PA-2010-01, UYEX-PA-2010-02, UYEX-PA-2010-03 and 04

www.poverty-action.org/study/ impact-cognitive-behavior-therapy-and-cash-transfers-highrisk-young-men-liberia

Sustainable Transformation of Youth in Liberia (STYL) Evaluated by Chris Blattman

Reducing crime and violence: Experimental evidence on cognitive behavioral therapy in Liberia (2017) with Julian Jamison and Margaret Sheridan, American Economic Review

Watch Chris Blattman talk, see the policy note, read summary in the Washington Post, listen to the NPR Planet Money or Freakonomics episodes, or Chris related New York Times Op-Ed about the program.

• 2009 – 2010 NEPI/Landmine Action
Psychosocial Rehabilitation of 800 former fights (Social and Economic Reintegration of former fighters into mainstreams Liberian society)  
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Psychosocial Budget: $150,000.00 

• 2009 – 2010 NEPI/Mediator Beyond Border (MBB) (www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org)
Social and economic reintegration of child soldiers from Bujumbura Camp, Ghana to Liberia. NEPI Inc. and MBB 
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Budget: $35,000.00  

• 2008 NEPI/Stanford Community Research Development Program
Program Developed by Stanford University 
Budget $120,302,00 

• 2008 NEPI/IRC Liberia Community Driven Development Survey
Program Developed by Gwen Taylor 
Budget $54,212.00 

• 2007 – 2008 NEPI/IRC Partnership: Community Human Rights Awareness Program Developed an eight-week course in human rights intended to help rehabilitate former fighters in Liberia transition from conflict and aggression to accepting a society defined by laws.  
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Budget: $25,000.00 

• 2007 – 2008 NEPI/Norwegian Human Rights Fund: Community Human Rights Awareness Program. Contribute to rehabilitating former fighters in Liberia transition from conflict and aggression to accepting a society defined by laws.
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Budget: $15,000.00 

• 2006 NEPI/Liberia Transition Initiative (LTI)
Community Youth Peace Education Program (CYPEP) in Lofa County, Liberia 
Total Budget: $35,000.00 

• 2006 NEPI/UN Peacebuilding Office in Liberia
Psychosocial Re-integration Program in Liberia 
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Budget: $25,000.00 

• 2006 NEPI/CHF
Community Empowerment Program in Liberia 
Program Design and Implemented 
Budget $60,120.00 

• 2004 – 2005 NEPI/UNDP Liberia Country Office
Social and economic reintegration of the residue caseload of former fighters in Lofa County, Liberia  
Program Design and Implementation 
Total Budget: $120,000.00  

• 2005 NEPI/CHF
Psychosocial Reintegration Program in Liberia  
Program Design and Implemented 
Total Budget $104,050.00 

• 2005 NEPI/ERIC Carter Center UK
Domestic Observation Development and Training in Liberia 
Program by ERIC Carter 
Total Budget $44,829.25 ($29,354.25, $15,475.00) 

Program interests

• Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cash Transfer

• At-risk youth crime and violence

• Child Soldiers Reintegration

• Psychosocial Interventions

• Health and education in secondary schools (Reproductive health & hygiene, and Chronic Absenteeism in Secondary School)

• Child Protection and Skill Building

• Dialogue

• Child Traficant

• Civic and voter education

DOS Reintegration Consultant
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)
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