About Me

I am a development practitioner with over 15-years experience across non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

An applied social and political scientist, I have contributed to and learned from numerous in-country development cooperation program implementations including in Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Jordan, Laos PDR, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

I specialize in systemic and programmatic management for development cooperation, integrated governance as well as effective human and institutional capacity development approaches.

My methodological expertise is applying and facilitating participatory, demand-driven and empowering development methods to achieve more transformative, country-driven and sustainable results.

Experience taught me that without a comprehensive, needs-based and empowering capacity development approach owned and driven by country stakeholders, desired and lasting effects will not be achieved.

Current thematic focus areas include:

  • integrated natural resource management
  • climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • climate smart agriculture
  • sustainable food and agriculture
  • agroecology
  • landscape-level nexus between biodiversity conservation and agriculture
  • governance of tenure, multi-stakeholder governance
  • social protection
  • agricultural innovation systems
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyzing tool for socio-economic and political development.

Currently at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), I support implementing the corporate vision and strategy on effective capacity development (http://www.fao.org/capacitydevelopment/en/) for more sustainable (a) eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, (b) elimination of poverty and (c) management and utilization of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Linked-In Profile: https://it.linkedin.com/in/patrick-kalas-b154b41 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/patrickkalas

Blog: patrickkalas.wordpress.com

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