John Burns

John BurnsChief of Party/Senior Manager (Former Employee)

John was the chief of party for the USAID funded Resilience Learning Project from 2014 to 2016. Additionally, he led a variety of multi-year, multi-country initiatives aimed at improving policy and programming around drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa since 2006. He was closely involved in the development and application of tools and methods to assess the impact of various types of humanitarian and development interventions in diverse contexts. John co-authored a guide to participatory impact assessment and taught an online graduate course on impact measurement at Tufts.

Prior to joining the center, John worked in various capacities for the European Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Program in the Horn of Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Feinstein Research Projects

Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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Feinstein Publications

“It’s Better to Sweat than to Die:” Rural-to-Urban Migration, Northern Karamoja, Uganda
rural-urban migration

Much of the literature on urbanization focuses on migration to large cities. In contrast, this report traces the process, challenges, and opportunities of rural-urban migration to towns and small cities…

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Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide Updated Version 2014

The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Originally released in 2009, this updated version…

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