Marc-André Franche

Marc-André Franche spent his professional career working in international development and conflict prevention with the United Nations. He serves as Chief of the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund supporting over 40 countries worldwide to prevent violent conflict, relapse into conflict and reconciliation. The Fund is the UN’s instrument of first resort providing timely, catalytic and risk-tolerant funding to sustain peace.

Prior to this assignment Marc-André was Country Director of the UN’s Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan from 2013 to 2016, where he led a team working on conflict prevention, governance and climate change adaptation. He was Deputy Director of UNDP in Haiti, a position he has held from 2008 to 2012 where he oversaw the implementation of programs addressing governance, rule of law reform, improvement of livelihoods and environmental protection notably in the context of the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction.

Between 2004 and 2008, Marc-André worked for UNDP in New York as Program Adviser for conflict prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, he managed regional program on conflict prevention and supported consensus building and dialogue in the region. Prior to that he worked on applied research and policy dialogue in conflict prevention for UNDP in Colombia from 2001 to 2004, and poverty reduction and local governance for UNDP in Bolivia from 1998 to 2001.

Marc-André is Canadian. He holds a Master degrees in Politics of Development from the London School of Economics in the UK, European Studies from Lund University in Sweden and a BSc in Political Science from Université de Montréal.

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