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CGHR Practitioner Series, Freddie Carver, DFID

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Freddie Carver has been the Head of Security and Justice Group at the Stabilisation Unit since November 2012, and has spent much of the last decade working as a conflict and governance adviser for DFID and the British Government. He has worked in the Former Soviet Union, Latin America and Asia, but spent most time working on Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular he has worked on international engagement in South Sudan and the Horn of Africa since 2003, for both the British Government and Non-Governmental Organisations.

For those hoping to pursue a career in the ‘Third Sector’, especially amidst a broad range of organisations and agencies whose mandates can be loosely collected under the umbrella headings of ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’, ‘Conflict and Security’ or ‘Development and Humanitarian Aid,’ the terrain can be difficult to navigate. A sound academic training, the kind provided by Cambridge University, is important but certainly not enough to prepare students for the transition into working in this sector. Through a mixture of substantive discussion, personal reflection and practical advice, the CGHR Practitioner Series brings together high‐level experts working in these fields and creates a forum in which students and researchers can listen and ask questions about what this work actually involves, seek out reflections from experience on the dilemmas and challenges faced, and probe the skill set and experience needed to forge a career in these fields.

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