When it comes to humanitarian aid, there’s a difference between spending money on a country and spending money in a country. Successful projects in post-conflict and conflict zones include a whole host of things and local procurement helps too— just ask Scott Gilmore and Edward Rees from Peace Dividend Trust.
Scott and Edward learned nothing about peacekeeping missions or humanitarian operations is simple. The two went to University and severed at the UN together, then took separate paths before connecting at Peace Dividend Trust- an organization dedicated to making peace and humanitarian operations more effective, efficient and equitable. Sounds fancy, but it is really common sense.
Edward and Scott use their brainpower and experience to figure out the smartest, fastest and cheapest way to get a peacekeeping and humanitarian missions completed.
For example, if aid goes to a Haiti to rebuild its capital. Scott and Edward help direct international aid toward Haitian suppliers of goods and services, thus creating much needed jobs for Haitians. Is aid money for Haiti better spend in Florida or Haiti? This seems like a no-brainer, but before PDT it wasn’t commonplace.
Before uniting to make Peace Dividend Trust, both conquered several amazing feats. There isn’t room to mention all their achievements, but here is a snippet of what they’ve done. Edward worked with the United Nation Development Program and Scott was a Canadian diplomat involved in peacekeeping missions.
They learned a tremendous amount from their collective experiences. Enough to advise the UN how to run its peacekeeping and humanitarian missions! Scott and Edward are using their knowledge to change the world one project at a time. They have permanent offices in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Timor-Leste. Follow their story on Changents while they continue on their peacekeeping and humanitarian journey changing the world one mission at a time.