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CDA improves the effectiveness of peacebuilding, development, and humanitarian organizations and corporations working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Through its unique collaborative learning approach, CDA combines rigorous analysis and evidence-based methodologies to produce useful tools and guidance for practitioners and policymakers alike.  In strengthening the work of its partners, CDA contributes to positive, systematic, and lasting change for people and communities, while also influencing policy and practice across the sectors in which it works.



CDA’s trusted expertise and capacity for understanding and working effectively in complex situations is more salient than ever. The cascade of crises, from Syria and South Sudan to Yemen and Myanmar, paired with increased global fragility and rapidly evolving forms of political violence, highlights the critical need for the nuanced analysis and practical tools CDA has honed over the last two decades. This is particularly true in the face of increasingly precarious and politicized donor support for international engagement.

Positioned at the intersection of applied field research, global policy, and local practice CDA offers its partners and clients rigorous, nuanced, multi-level analysis, and practical tools for engagement. These include strategies and programs that are locally driven, grounded in a systemic understanding of the complexity of fragile and conflict affected contexts, and based on evidence and context specific theories of change.


May 11: Book Launch: Peace Works by Ambassador Rick Barton hosted by CDA in Cambridge, MA and open to the public. See details.

May 23-24: Conflict sensitivity as it relates to the intended and unintended impacts of PVE programming. CDA’s Anita Ernstorfer will present and discuss the topic at the second global meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism organized by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre in partnership with the Government of Norway.


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Supporting Partners

Global Affairs Canada
Total SA
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Norwegian MFA
World Vision UK
Humanity United
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Paung Sie Facility
International Rescue Committee