Marsh Award for Peacemaking & Peacekeeping in Partnership with Wilton Park

This Award is run in partnership with Wilton Park and recognises an individual from outside the UK making an innovative difference to areas of conflict and peacemaking. The Award may be presented to a journalist, advocacy group, or any other practitioner in the field, working in a conflict or post-conflict region.

Wilton Park is an international forum for strategic discussion. The organisation brings together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media, and initiates discussions on issues of international security, prosperity and justice.

Nominations for the Award are judged by members of the Wilton Park Advisory Council and the Marsh Christian Trust.

The 2016 winner is Dr Rouba Mhaissen

Dr Rouba Mhaissen is the founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a grassroots non-profit organisation supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The organisation is working to improve the living conditions of families of refugees and to help the individuals in the communities where they have settled to change from beneficiaries to independent agents through developing their expertise. Sawa aims to provide the communities with material, logistical and psychological support for the families in order to live a dignified life with minimum standards through diverse relief, development and educational programmes.

Rouba is also a PhD candidate in Gender and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

As an economist and development practitioner, Rouba’s work focuses mainly on women in labour markets. She is an expert on the Syrian refugee crisis and its implications in Lebanon. She has participated in conferences, consultancies and research focus groups on the humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, as well as taking part in discussions about women during the Syrian civil war, female refugees and women and practices of faith.

The following nominees were also shortlisted for this year’s Award:

Nkosa Mguni – Programmes and Centre Manager at Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Club in South Africa

Father Noel Naw Lat – Director of the Myanmar Social Services’ Myitkyina branch

Andre Ross – Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Jala Pelo Foundation

Pictured: Rouba having received her Award, with (from left to right) Karen Pierce, Chief Operating Office at FCO; Pankaj Lakhani, MCT representative and Iain Ferguson, Chairman of Wilton Park


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Previous Winners:

2015 Devanna de la Puente

2014 Elizabeth Henry Angok