Peter Olowo is an specialist in post-conflict development, peacebuilding, reintegration, and demilitarization, over 20 years of broad international experience.
He is currently an independent consultant providing technical analysis, capacity enhancement and advisory services to UNDP-Nigeria and other international organizations in DDR, counter-terrorism and reintegration of formerly associated insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin Region.
Peter is an economist by training with a legal background and experienced management consultant in complex and dynamic political, conflict-affected and post-war environments. Most of this experience is in Horn of Africa, Great-Lakes Region and Lake Chad Basin in Africa, particularly in Uganda, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Nigeria. He also worked in countries such as Gambia and France in global policy formulation for human rights and gender mainstreaming. He has conducted reviews for publications on reintegration of formerly associated insurgents and conflict-affected persons and also co-authored “Deradicalisation and Disengagement in Somalia: Evidence from a Rehabilitation Programme for Former Members of Al-Shabaab.”
From 2007 to 2015, he was a Programme Officer with UNESCO in Uganda providing technical stewardship on programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the UNESCO’s areas competence. He also worked with Adam Smith International as Deputy Team Leader in Somalia (2015-2021) in the FCDO-funded Counter Extremism Programme. He has also conducted consultancies on monitoring and evaluation, conflict and risk analyses (IOM-Ethiopia) and developing PVE policies and programmes (EIP-Iraq).
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- The Gambia
- Armed conflict (causes, dynamics, prevention)
- Armed groups
- Community violence reduction
- DDR planning
- DDR processes, programming and support
- DDR-related tools
- Demobilization and reinsertion
- International intervention
- Legal and normative frameworks for DDR
- National and local ownership
- Political context of DDR
- Prevention of (re-)recruitment/recidivism
- Terrorism, violent extremism and DDR
- The United Nations and DDR
- Youth and DDR