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Phil Vernon

Phil Vernon has been engaged in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding work for more than thirty years. He tweed better qual head Phil Vlived for several years each in Sudan, Lesotho, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana and Uganda. He returned to his native UK in 2004 and since then has been Director of Programmes at International Alert, a peacebuilding organisation – a role from which he plans to step down in November 2017. In 2010 he was the lead writer of Working with the Grain to Change the Grain: Looking Beyond the Millennium Development Goals, a critique of overseas development aid which proposed an alternative model of support to people in poor and fragile contexts, and which in many respects anticipated the Sustainable Development Goals agreed five years later. In 2015 he wrote Peace through Prosperity: Integrating Peacebuilding into Economic Development, which outlines a framework in which businesses and others can contribute to peace as an integral component of their plans. He was a trustee of the charity Build Africa from 2005-2012, is a member of mining company BHP Billiton’s Forum for Corporate Responsibility, and has been a trustee of International Training & Research Centre INTRAC since 2014. Phil has an MSc in Environmental Forestry, lives in West Kent and enjoys family, cross-country running and writing poetry – a few poems can be found on this site. Email:

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