This month, ECSP will launch two new expert meeting series:

"New Horizons" will present a multi-faceted picture of the links between conflict, natural resources, and human health by drawing from the experiences of a broad range of participants, including field practitioners, policymakers, donors, academics, the private sector, and local community stakeholders. Discussions will focus on practical approaches that can be used to design and implement programs. This series is funded jointly by USAID's Office of Natural Resources Management, its Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and its Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, with technical support from USAID's Asia and Near East and Africa bureaus.

The first meeting, "Innovative Partnerships for Peace: The Role of Extractive Industries in Resource-Based Conflict Prevention and Mitigation," will take place from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on January 9, 2008. Subsequent meetings will cover:

  • The role of local natural resource governance during conflicts;
  • The links between demographic change, conflict, and the environment;
  • Post-conflict property and land policy;
  • Fertility, conflict, and natural resource management; and
  • The environmental impacts of relief missions.

The second series, "Building the Foundation," will energize and expand the population-health-environment (PHE) community by engaging key actors in the field and related development sectors. The sessions will include public events as well as smaller working group meetings. The series will begin in January with a discussion of ways to build on the success of the "Population, Health, and Environment: Integrated Development for East Africa" conference held in November 2007 in Addis Ababa. Additional meetings will address:

  • PHE perspectives from the population, environment, and health communities;
  • The role population growth plays in climate change;
  • PHE initiatives and assessments in East Africa;
  • New data and analysis on integrated PHE programs; and
  • Expanding services offered by integrated development programs.

"Building the Foundation" is funded by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health.

All public meetings will be webcast live at

For more information, or to receive invitations, please contact