Yemen needs ‘resilience’ approach, writes Diener ’99 in Christian Science Monitor
In the wake of anti-American protests in the Middle East, Kari Jorgensen Diener ’99 and co-author Victoria Stanski tell Christian Science Monitor readers that these countries, especially Yemen, need foreign aid more than ever.
In their Sept. 25 op-ed they write:
“Simply increasing short-term relief aid — although an important stopgap measure — is not a durable solution. What Yemen needs are simultaneous initiatives to build a more dynamic private sector, while supporting market development, job training, and youth employment programs to address systemic issues.
“In other parts of the world — notably the nearby Horn of Africa — the United States Agency for International Development is piloting a ‘resilience’ approach to aid. That multi-pronged approach addresses immediate needs while also focusing on the underlying factors that make a population vulnerable to recurring humanitarian crises.”
Diener, a magna cum laude graduate in political science who earned a master’s at Georgetown, is a senior policy adviser on the Middle East with Mercy Corps. She reports that her editor at The Christian Science Monitor was a fellow alumna: Cricket Alioto Fuller ’05.