The partners of the Great Lakes Policy Forum cordially invite you to attend the:


With a special screening of the new documentary ‘Buying Time for Peace' - a film that will take you inside the multi-agency effort supporting demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants that is the largest program of its kind in the world: the MDRP led by the World Bank.

Special Guests

Ms. Maria Correia, MDRP Program Manager, World Bank

Mr. Bernard Harborne Lead Conflict Specialist (Africa) World Bank

Ms. Kim Mahling-Clark, Senior Associate, Communities in Transition Division, Creative Associates International, Inc.

The forum will be facilitated by
Ms. Dorina Bekoe, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate (Africa), United States Institute of Peace

Note the different location:

Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

The screening will start at 1 pm; the panel discussion at 1:45 pm. All are welcome at the meeting. Journalists may participate, but discussion is not for attribution. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions or feedback about the forum, please contact Marco Konings at Search for Common Ground: 202-265-4300.


Maria Correia is Program Manager of the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program at the World Bank. She previously worked as the Lead Specialist for Social Development for the World Bank's Africa Region, as well as lead the Bank's work on gender issues in the Latin America and Caribbean Region for nearly a decade. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Correia worked on gender and social development issues in East Asia, Africa and Central America for several bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Bernard Harborne is a Lead Conflict Specialist (Africa) with the World Bank, where he is the policy/program lead for conflict-related operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Harborne was a Senior Conflict Adviser (Africa) for the Department for International Development in the UK. He has also worked with the UN as the Head of UN Coordination Unit, OCHA/UNDP Somalia, and was IDP Officer for OCHA in Operation Lifeline Sudan. He holds an M.A. in International Law from the London School of Economics.

Kim Mahling Clark is a Senior Associate with Creative Associates International, Inc. where she supports civil society, media, and post-conflict programs. As a research analyst at USAID in the mid-90s, she authored the Agency's first multi-country examination of demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, drawing on its experiences in Africa and Central America and contributed to Creative's evaluations of World Bank DDR programs in Angola and Sierra Leone.

Dorina A. Bekoe is senior research associate in the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, where she specializes in African conflicts, political development, institutional reform, and peace agreement implementation. Prior to joining USIP she was the senior associate in the Africa Program at the International Peace Academy. Ms. Bekoe's research has focused on the incentives to comply with peace agreements, institutional reforms such as NEPAD, the regionalization of conflict in Africa, the role of Africa's subregional organizations in conflict management, and governance challenges in East Africa and the Horn. She holds a B.A. in economics from Franklin and Marshall College, a M.S. in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.

The Great Lakes Policy Forum aims to keep the Great Lakes on the agenda of policy makers and provides a platform where Government, NGOs, academics, and the Diaspora come together to search cooperatively for solutions to the region's conflicts. The forum is usually held on the first Thursday of each month.