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Hot off the Presses: New Research from Nepal on Building Resilience

Event Details
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Washington, DC and Online
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About the Event

Join IDEAL, in-person or online, to hear about new resilience research from two Nepal Development Food Security Activities (DFSAs): Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL) and Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security (Sabal).

Two new resilience studies, recently presented at the Nepal Resilience Learning Event in Kathmandu, will be shared at this interactive learning event:

  • The Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security (Sabal) research examines whether social capital plays a role in building resilience and, if so, which types (bonding, bridging, linking) of social capital contribute most to high-level resilience outcomes.
  • The Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL) research employed a Recurrent Monitoring Survey (RMS) to understand the impact of the PAHAL resilience integration model as well as the cost-effectiveness of the model in order to test ways to achieve the same results with different or fewer interventions.

Join us to delve into the studies with Katherine Arnold Armeier from Save the Children (Sabal) and Kristen Schubert from Causal Design (PAHAL) to explore what their findings mean for resilience programming. Olga Petryniak, Mercy Corps's Senior Resilience Director, will lead a Q&A session around the findings, lessons learned, and implications for programming.

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Katherine Arnold Armeier is an Associate Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) at Save the Children. Katherine provides technical MEAL support and guidance for emergency and development programs across Save's food security and livelihoods portfolio, and has supported the Sabal program in Nepal since 2016. Prior to Save the Children, Katherine worked at the United Nations Foundation for five years where she focused on building research and evidence around clean cooking in humanitarian settings. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali. Katherine has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Columbia University and speaks French and Bambara.




Kristen Schubert is an economist with over 12 years of experience in applied economic analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and socio-economic impact analyses. She led the evaluation of the PAHAL project in Nepal for Causal Design. Prior to Causal Design, she worked at USAID leading the monitoring and evaluation unit covering Afghanistan and Pakistan and served as an economist carrying out a cost-benefit analysis for Missions worldwide in energy, water, health, transport, and agriculture sectors. She co-authored the USAID official guidance on cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness methodology. Kristen holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied International Relations concentrating on quantitative methods in economics.



Olga Petryniak is the Senior Director of Global Resilience at Mercy Cops, with 16 years’ work experience working with local and national governments, communities and the private sector in conflict management, climate change adaptation (CCA), natural resource management (NRM), market systems development (MSD), good governance, and legal protection. In her current role, she provides strategic direction and technical oversight to Mercy Corps’ $300+ million global resilience portfolio across four regions, managing a team of Regional Resilience Directors and technical specialists to achieve impact at scale and advance global influence.