||Patricia Taft is Programs Director at FFP where she oversees our research and policy work on countering transnational security threats posed by international criminal and terrorist networks. She also leads FFP’s prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) project in Nigeria, where we are working with civil society partners to combine existing local initiatives with technology to map incidents of violence against women and girls, particularly in the North. Also in West Africa, she currently co-directs FFP’s advisory work on enhancing early warning and response systems in the fifteen member countries of ECOWAS, as part of the USAID Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data (REWARD) project.
Since 2013, Ms. Taft has served as a Senior Technical Advisor for Peacebuilding to the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) in support of the Partners for Peace (P4P) Network in Nigeria. She has also led FFP’s early warning and conflict mitigation work in Kenya and Liberia and has performed extensive field research in over 60 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe on the role of civil society, peacekeeping forces, and regional organizations in crisis response and prevention.
Ms. Taft first joined the Fund in 2003, departing in 2008 to serve for two years as a chief legal advisor to the government of Uganda on war crimes prosecution and its case before the International Criminal Court. She returned to FFP in December 2010 to resume leadership of the Threat Convergence program. Prior to FFP, Ms. Taft worked for the US Institute of Peace and the Public International Law and Policy Group on post-conflict security sector reform projects as well as the provision of guidance to several governments in Africa on constitutional and military reform. She has published numerous reports, articles, and opinion pieces on post-conflict legal and defense sector reform, peacebuilding and civil society engagement, and countering weak and fragile states.
She is a co-editor and author of “Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects,” published by Georgetown University Press in June of 2008 and co-author, with Nate Haken, of the compendium, “Violence in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends,” published by Springer Press in April 2015. Ms. Taft is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.