Please share a short bio for yourself. This should be no more than 3-4 short paragraphs.
Jane Lowicki-Zucca is committed to improving the lives and challenges of young people impacted by war through innovative, youth-led programs. She believes that young people affected by armed conflict are critical sources of social enterprise and social change, whose constructive capacities and new ideas are still strongly under-supported, with devastating effects for both them and their societies.
Jane wants to improve policy and programming guidance for working with youth in emergency and transition situations and expand youth-driven approaches to constructive change in war and other crises. As Interim Lead Editor of the United Nations World Youth Report 2007, Jane advocated for the expansion of new global youth development indicators to include more and better youth and armed conflict benchmarks. She is currently conducting research with youth in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States to improve education quality for youth. She is the author of many studies on youth and armed conflict, including Untapped Potential, Adolescents Affected by Armed Conflict, and is currently working on a study on youth participation in the formation and implementation of National Youth Policies in Post-Conflict Countries, with a focus on Kosovo and Liberia.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you have direct and significant expertise
Kosovo/Balkans; Sierra Leone/West Africa; Uganda/East Africa; US/refugees, asylees esp. Cubans and Hatians; various others: Thailand, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Georgia
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Consultant with UNICEF RO CEE/CIS, participatory research in three countries to understand the relationship between "fragility," education quality and youth, involving nationally representative, multi-stage cluster surveys design and implemented by youth on their opinions of education quality
What are your main skills/expertise?
Research and advocacy with youth to increase local, national and global action with and for young people affected by conflict and crisis; technical assistance to youth, NGOs and governments on youth programs and policy; youth, conflict and gender analysis; research and evaluation; development and use of Youth Development Indicators; youth involvement in National Youth Policy and linkages with national and local development planning
What are Your expertise areas/sectors when it comes to youth