From 2016-2019, Ingebjørg Finnbakk was deployed by the Norwegian Refugee Concil/NORDEM to the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO, in Ituri Province, eastern DRC. In Ituri she was responsible for Trust fund management and implementation of the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS). Additionally, she played a key role in initiating and building a political peace process between the most significant armed group (FRPI) in the area and the government. Together with key partners from the Congolese government and civil society, she developed and executed strategies targeting key civilian and military stakeholders through formal and informal channels to build trust and momentum through inclusive and transparent dialogues from local to national level. As a direct result, a National Action Plan, a DDR plan and a drafted Peace Agreement were developed, followed by the allocation of funds to the potential reintegration phase.
In her current position at PRIO, Ingebjørg will work with Louise Olsson as a Research Assistant on the projects Sweden in the UN Security Council: what canwe learn on Women, Peace, and Security, and Equal Peace. She has various experience on the WPS agenda from working with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and conducting research on sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2015 - 2019.
Ingebjørg is a former MA student and Research Assistant at PRIO working on various projects. As part of her thesis, she conducted field work in South Kivu, eastern Congo on community perceptions towards the reintegration of survivors of sexual violenece. An article is published in Human Rights Quarterly, together with her previous supervisor, Ragnhild Nordås.