Development Transformations (DT) proudly celebrates World Refugee Day by highlighting two full-time staff members who are former refugees from Iraq and currently contribute to DT’s efforts to support stabilization around the world. Their local perspectives and knowledge are invaluable to DT as we strive to address complex issues through a nuanced, locally-driven lens that acknowledges and respects the lived experiences of the diverse communities we work with. Their stories are below.
Marwan, DT’s Accounts Payable Specialist, originally from Baghdad, Iraq, obtained asylum in America in 2009 after an extensive application process. Arriving in Virginia at the height of the recession, he struggled to find a job. However, he utilized his love of math and previous experience as a small business owner in Iraq to pursue a degree in accounting, and began his career in the field shortly after. While integrating his life in the US was extremely difficult initially, especially with the challenges of translating his previous business experience to the American market, Marwan appreciates what he has built for himself in the U.S. and values the resources he has to still be able to connect with friends living in Iraq. Since being at DT, Marwan has enjoyed being able to support projects that take on a global perspective and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to manage the challenges of fiscal oversight for programs run out of difficult operating environments.
Humam, DT’s Project Director for our Global Affairs Canada funded Iraq program, began his work with DT earlier this year. Humam’s career in development started as an accident, when he went into the United Nations compound to make a phone call to his then fiancée during the Iraq War in 2003. While there, he noticed an employment posting seeking an inter-agency radio operator for the U.N., which he applied for and received. Through this position, Humam built a network of connections within the field and continued to establish his career in the development sector in a wide range of roles. However, due to his work with the U.S. and greater international community, Humam grew concerned that he was putting himself and his family in a dangerous position and subsequently took steps to relocate his family to Jordan and then to Egypt. After a multi-year application process in which Humam applied for a Special Immigrant Visa (which is designed to allow Iraqis and Afghans who assist the U.S. government during wartime come to America), Humam and his family were granted refugee status in the U.S. Navigating through resettlement agencies and social service programs was, at times, discouraging, but Humam remains grateful for the assistance he received, saying that, “for all its flaws, at least there is a system of support here in America for refugees.”
Humam now works for DT directly supporting a reconciliation and civil society program in Iraq, which seeks to address some of the underlying causes of the unrest that led to his departure from his home country. His perspective and personal experience, in addition to his expansive network of local contacts, are critical to his success in the role. Humam regularly returns to Iraq to conduct site visits, meet with Members of Parliament, and, of course, take time to enjoy his favorite Iraqi food.
DT is incredibly grateful to have Humam and Marwan on our team. They add great value to our organization not just as representatives of Iraq where DT supports multiple projects, but also as incredibly skilled technical professionals who have dedicated their careers to promoting stability and development across the globe.
Thank you, Marwan and Humam. Happy World Refugee Day.
Development Transformations (DT) has been awarded a two-year cooperative agreement by the Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) to conduct anti-retributive violence messaging and establish stabilization committees in former-ISIS controlled areas in Iraq that have been newly liberated by the Iraqi government.
Canada is actively engaged in the fight against Daesh and supports those most affected by the crisis. As part of DFATD commitment to addressing the prolonged and tragic crises in the region, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated, “I am pleased to announce today new initiatives that will enhance security and stability in the region, including additional support to help more Iraqis return safely to their homes in areas liberated from Daesh.”
DT, with its sub-awardee the Iraqi Research Foundation for Analysis and Development (IRFAD), will implement the Preventing Reprisals and Mitigating Violence in Iraq program (PRMV). In its first phase PRMV will initiate a grassroots anti-retribution movement in Anbar and Ninewah to prevent retributive attacks and help protect vulnerable populations. In the second phase of the program, our team will foster stability and counter-extremist influences by establishing Crisis Committees to resolve local level drivers of instability.
DT partner XL Associates (XLA) was recently awarded a multi-year $25,000,000 single award to support USAID’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programming and operations both at Missions in the region and at the Frankfurt-based Middle East Regional Platform (MERP). As a major subcontractor to XLA, DT will support Mission and MERP staffing needs across technical areas in project assessment and design support, monitoring and evaluation, and support to Program Office functions. DT will leverage its operating platforms in Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey and recent experience in Libya and Yemen during the award. We are excited to support XLA and USAID in this innovative support contract.
Development Transformations (DT) was recently awarded a $40m five-year IDIQ by USAID’s Office of Management Policy, Budget and Performance within the Bureau for Management (M Bureau). DT will support the Management Excellence for Operations (MEO) contract designed to strengthen operations performance management practices at USAID, including monitoring and analyzing current operations performance data, improving USAID’s efficiency and effectiveness, providing surge capacity technical support, and improving the Agency’s internal and external communications. Improved operational performance at USAID will allow the Agency to better achieve its development objectives and advance its Mission. DT looks forward to working with USAID’s M Bureau on this important project.
For more information about the MEO IDIQ and DT’s services, please review our one-pager.
Development Transformations (DT) was recently awarded the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) Joint Emerging and Program of Instructions Support Services prime contract. DT, with our partner Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting (VATC), will support MCTOG with curriculum development, classroom instruction, and over-the-shoulder teaching and mentoring to better prepare the Marine Corps for the complex battlefields of the 21st Century.
Development Transformations (DT) was recently awarded a one-year cooperative agreement to provide actor mapping in Libya and work with key political and civic actors to create more effective stabilization activities. DT, and our partner Navanti Group, will conduct key informant interviews, focus groups, and social media analysis across five target locations in Libya to map conflict dynamics. Working closely with a number of Libyan stakeholders, DT will use these mapping products to identify and develop effective stabilization strategies that will help to reduce violence in select locations. This program was awarded under the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Peace Processes Support Network (PPSN).
Development Transformations (DT) was awarded a prime contract for SeaPort-e, a multi-award IDIQ designed to help the Navy and Marine Corps efficiently and effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century. DT looks forward to providing “soft skills” to the Navy and Marine Corps in this IDIQ, including civilian-military planning and cooperation, expertise in all non-lethal operational phases, foreign humanitarian assistance, embassy reinforcement, non-combatant evacuation operations, partnering with host nation forces, and joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational replication in the execution of complex operations globally.
The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) has selected Development Transformations (DT) and its consortium partner, the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), to join its Peace Processes Network Fund. Through this partnership with CSO, DT will have the opportunity to implement programs that support peace negotiations and/or peace processes for the next three years in fragile and conflict-affected countries, including in Burma, Burundi, Colombia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. These programs will complement DT’s existing conflict sensitive development work by supporting the resolution of conflict during the peace process stage. DT looks forward to working with CSO and other partners on this new mechanism.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently awarded Framework Agreements to Development Transformations (DT) on the new £1.03 billion Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF). DT will be implementing programs across the globe under two thematic areas: “Conflict Prevention, Stabilisation, and Peacebuilding” and “Defence Support Services”. DT was one of very few small businesses accepted to the mechanism.
The CSSF mechanism is designed to fund programming with a strategic approach in conflict-affected states where the United Kingdom has key interests. The new fund will pool resources from across the UK government to enable increased collaboration and linkages through all of the UK’s conflict programming. The fund places an emphasis on single cross-government strategies, coherence between conflict and national security work, and will implement targeted interventions aimed at supporting stability including rapid and crisis response.
DT applied to, and was selected as, a winner of two of the three thematic program lots. The first, “Conflict Prevention, Stabilisation, and Peacebuilding,” will implement programming in the areas of peace-building, stabilization, civil-society engagement, strategic communication and outreach, and conflict prevention. The second is to provide “Defence Support Services” including advice, support for military exercise training, and other defense services.
DT works with donor agencies, host governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate political transition and conflict programs. Our diverse experience in the NGO, inter-governmental, civilian, and military sectors allows us to take a holistic approach to our work. We excel at operating in complex, non-permissive environments and have an established track record in some of the most fluid security and political contexts. DT currently has offices and is registered in Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, and Ukraine. For more information about DT’s CSSF program please contact DT Senior Program Manager Ilan Cooper.