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Andrew Grene Conflict Resolution Scholarship Award Ceremony

The recipients of the 2016 and 2017 Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarships in Conflict Resolution were celebrated at an award ceremony in the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on June 21st.

ISE's Chiara Mizzoni is the 2016 Andrew Grene scholar. Her research explores gender mainstreaming practices and reintegration outcomes within Colombia's Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Programmes. She has recently returned from her first period of fieldwork in Colombia where she interviewed demobilized combatants and civil society experts, as well as visiting demobilization camps. Chiara presented her findings to members of staff in the DFA.

Chiara is pictured below with the recently awarded 2017 scholar, Andrea Salvi, who is a student in the Department of Political Science in Trinity. He is seeking to explain the triggers associated with the diffusion of civil war into neighbouring states. They are also pictured with Ciaran Cannon, TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development.

Commenting on the awards, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney said: "I am delighted to support postgraduate research in this area. The work of all of the alumni of this scholarship and the 2016 and 2017 scholars, Chiara Mizzoni and Andrea Salvi, will boost the evidence base for sustaining and building peace. Sharing our own experience of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland is one of our foreign policy priorities".

The scholarship, administered by the Irish Research Council and first established in 2008, was named in honour of Irish United Nations staff member, Andrew Grene, following his tragic death in the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The scholarship fund has enabled a wide range of postgraduate research on conflict resolution, post-conflict reconciliation, as well as the impact of gender, governance and education on building peace. The Grene family were represented at the award ceremony by Andrew Grene's brother Professor Nicholas Grene of TCD. As well as the scholarship, Prof Grene spoke of the amazing educational and micro-financing work being done in Haiti in his brother's memory. See http://andrewgrene.org/.

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Last updated 29 June 2017 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).