Posted on 16 October 2003
The guest speaker at the event will be Clare Short MP, until recently Secretary of State for International Development.
PRDU has just welcomed 28 postgraduate students to its MA in Post-war Recovery Studies. They come from 16 countries, including Colombia, Indonesia, Sudan, and the USA, and include five from Afghanistan.
Most are already experienced professionals. They include civil engineers, aid workers from major international organisations, lawyers and the armed forces.
Clare Short said: "The world badly needs to do better at post war reconstruction. Progress in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq is clearly inadequate. I am pleased that these issues are taken seriously by York University and hope that the work of the PRDU will help increase the effectiveness of the international system."
Staff from PRDU have recently been instrumental in helping to establish a new civil service in Afghanistan, and have urged a grass-roots approach to reconstruction in Iraq.
"PRDU has built up an international reputation for consultancy and training in reconstructing countries after war or natural disaster," said its Director, Dr Sultan Barakat. "The Open Day is our opportunity to outline current work and for professionals working in the field to meet and share experiences."