Brian Gilchrest

Brian Gilchrest

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Deputy Chief in the Democracy and Governance Office (DGO) of USAID-Ethiopia

I’m still in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since August 2007 I have been serving as Deputy Chief in the Democracy and Governance Office (DGO) of the USAID-Ethiopia Mission. I provide office and program management as well as technical expertise to the DGO within the full scope of its democracy and governance portfolio with a specific focus on conflict mitigation and reconciliation programming in the country.

2004: I am based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and work from the National Headquarters of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). I was sent under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s Worldwide Ministries Division.

The EECMY Peace Office is striving towards the eventual attainment of a just political and social order where the recognition and respect for human rights and sanctity of all life in God’s creation are paramount.

My role as advisor is one where I wear a number of hats, but in a sentence, I am assisting this office to develop its capacity to make sustainable contributions to the peace and justice work of the Church.

I am also learning a lot as the days, weeks and now months pass by, and language acquisition takes a significant portion of my time.