Randall Puljek Shank

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He has worked for more than 20 years in divided societies as a programme designer, trainer, evaluator, and researcher.

He first went to Bosnia in 1995, during the last year of the Bosnian war, and returned with the NGO Mennonite Central Committee from 2002 to 2012, supporting local organisations focused on strategic peacebuilding, inter-religious action, and trauma healing.

His recent work includes a programme evaluation of 20 years of support for civic education programmes in Bosnian schools. He also designed and facilitated five exchanges for selected government and NGO participants from Ukraine to learn from the experience of Bosnian practitioners, and he led training in Ukraine on the “Do No Harm” approach.

Randall holds a PhD in Political Science from the Radboud University Nijmegen. His doctoral research deepened his interest in the intersection of civil society and politics of ethnically divided societies, and chapters of his dissertation appeared in the journals Cooperation and Conflict, and Voluntas.