Michelle joined CDA in 2016 as a Senior Advisor on Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding integration in humanitarian and development assistance, faith-based and multi-faith peacebuilding, and participatory approaches to research and learning. At CDA Michelle coordinates the Conflict Sensitivity Practice Area, and leads projects including USAID Fragility and Conflict Technical Resource Service (FACTRS) and Effective Inter-Religious Action in Peacebuilding.
Michelle previously worked for World Vision International, where she led and expanded the multi-agency global network for Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts participatory macro-level analysis, and advised organizational leadership on strategy-level application of conflict analysis findings. She also led conflict sensitivity mainstreaming across country offices in the Asia-Pacific Region and the Asia Tsunami Response, as well as supporting civil society peace efforts in the post-war Balkans.
While working as an independent researcher and consultant, Michelle spearheaded action research on ‘Do No Harm’ adaptations for the religious and multi-faith organizations, with support from the International Peace Research Association Foundation, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and the Religious Research Association. She also provided consultancy services for multiple NGOs, and adjunct teaching for the American University Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute.
Michelle has served long term in México, Kosovo, the Philippines, and Singapore, and provided shorter-term technical assistance in dozens of contexts around the world. Her primary languages are English and Spanish. She holds an MPA/MA from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Peace Studies from Lancaster University.
Do No Harm / Conflict Sensitivity
Select Non-CDA publications include
- Garred, M. with O’Reilly-Calthrop, S., Midgley, T., and Scott, M. 2015. Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts: Local Perspectives on Large-Scale Conflict. World Vision International.
- Garred, M. 2013. The Power of Mindsets: Bridging, Bonding and Associational Change in Deeply Divided Mindanao. Journal of Civil Society, 9:1.
- Garred, M. with Castro, J. 2011. Conflict-Sensitive Expressions of Faith in Mindanao: A Case Study. Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace, 4:2.
- Garred, M. et al. 2007. Conflict Sensitivity in Emergencies: Learning from the Asia Tsunami Response. Singapore: World Vision Asia-Pacific Region.
- Garred, M., ed., with Abu-Nimer, M. 2006. A Shared Future: Local Capacities for Peace in Community Development. Monrovia, CA: World Vision International.