Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Community Development: Indonesia and Afghanistan

Development programs typically begin by identifying gaps that development programs will be able to fill. Much of the model depends on building up the machinery of state so that governments can make policies, deliver services, and collect revenue. At the same time, however, those processes are likely to take a long time, time that communities recovering from a conflict or natural disaster do not have.

An alternative model begins from looking at a country’s assets rather than its gaps, and by thinking about local-level partnerships rather than community “targets” for the delivery of services. Dr. Scott Guggenheimwill describe his experience using such an approach for community development and recovery in Indonesia and Afghanistan to explore how to deepen and extend this model to other aspects of development. Dr. Guggenheim is a Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University through February 2019, former Senior Advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and former Lead Social Specialist at the World Bank in Indonesia. The event will be moderated by Dr. Yuhki Tajima, Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program.


Dr. Scott Guggenheim is an anthropologist with 25 years experience in international development. He is particularly interested in how local knowledge and local voice can be heard in development, and most of his work in development has been about how to reconcile large-scale development with giving poor people more agency in how decisions get made. He has lived through some tumultuous events, starting with helping Indonesia pick up the pieces after the East Asia crisis and then the Aceh tsunami, to his ongoing work in Afghanistan, where he worked with President Ashraf Ghani and his team on trying to sort through development in a time of conflict.


Dr. Yuhki Tajima is an Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. His research examines insurgencies, post-war societies, ethnic politics, criminal gangs, and the political economy of development.

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall, Multipurpose Room
37th and O St., N.W., Washington, D.C.




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