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PS Rumiko Seya Rumiko Seya

MA (2001)

‘After graduating from Bradford in2000, I worked in Rwanda doing reconstruction and development projects e.g. vocational training for war widows, school construction and so on, with an NGO called Africa Reconciliation Committee. I then worked as a Reintegration Officer in DDR (Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration) Coordination Section with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). I was in charge of programme development and then became a project coordinator of peace-building and social reintegration programmes. From June 2003 to April 2005 I worked as a Special Assistant to the Ambassador for DDR with the Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan under Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was responsible for policy and programme coordination/development amongst the Afghan Government, UN agencies, Diplomatic Corps, International Forces and International/National development agencies in overall DDR, heavy weapons cantonment and disbandment of illegal armed groups. From December 2005 to March 2006 I held the position of a Research Fellow at Hiroshima University where I published several academic papers on Afghanistan and DDR lessons learned. During the above period, I was also an International Observer for the elections in Indonesia in July 1999, Rwanda in March 2001, and in Afghanistan in October 2004. Since April 2006 I have been working as a DDR Officer with the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan, where I am responsible for programme development and policy advice.’

As published in: Peace Studies Alumni News, Issue 3, Summer 2006