Aaron Chassy provides technical leadership and quality assurance for the Communities & Governance practice group at IREX. He leads a global team of over 20 professionals in the areas of good governance, community development, gender and social inclusion. In addition, Aaron provides direct technical support to IREX programs in the field.
Aaron has extensive experience integrating civil society participation into public policy reform, democratic local governance, natural resource management, people-to-people peacebuilding and national integrity system strengthening. In Guinea. Aaron’s approaches to integrating good governance into education, agriculture, health and natural resource management programs motivated the USAID mission there to elevate promoting governance to its sole strategic objective. In South Africa, his management of the 8-year, $28 million SEGA/MESP program facilitated collaboration among South African duty bearers, civil society, academic and private sector actors to design and implement cutting-edge programs in housing, microfinance and land tenure administration among others. Serving as acting Chief of Party of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $10.6 million Anticorruption Threshold Program in Uganda, he contributed to improving coordination among the half dozen Government of Uganda ministries, departments and agencies responsible for detecting, preventing and reducing public sector corruption.
While at Catholic Relief Services, Aaron expanded the traditional people-to-people peacebuilding approach to include an element of trauma healing, which led to increased rates of resolution of land-related violent conflict and greater reconciliation among the tri-peoples in Mindanao, Philippines. As well, he has co-authored and edited multiple guides and tools for improving the integration of governance, gender and peacebuilding into humanitarian and development program design and evaluation as well as several essays and chapters in academic publications.
Aaron holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a certified facilitator in community conferencing.