Colleen Duggan is a Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) based in Canada. She has been with IDRC’s Evaluation Unit since 2005 where she uses her expertise in human rights and the rule of law in conflict-affected societies to advance evaluation theory and practice. Together with the International Conflict Research (University of Ulster), she is leading a research project on evaluating research in violently divided societies.
Between 2001 and 2005, Duggan developed IDRC’s programming in Latin America on peace and conflict and women’s rights. Before joining IDRC, she worked for more than a decade with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and for the United Nations Development Program in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and New York. At the UN she focused on humanitarian response, security sector reform, transitional justice, human rights, and peacebuilding.
She has published works on early warning and conflict prevention, gender and transitional justice, and the evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives. Mostly recently, she was a guest editor for the International Journal for Transitional Justice special issue on evaluation.
She holds a LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex (UK) and a graduate degree in International Development and Economic Cooperation from the University of Ottawa.