Emilie Tankora has been working on peacebuilding programming and initiatives in Niger for the past ten years. She is trained in mediation, conflict management and non-violent communication. She previously worked with the NGO EIRENE to support local organizations to develop peacebuilding actions and conflict sensitive approaches in the Sahel Region. She is currently working with Mercy Corps in Niger to develop a social cohesion program portfolio promoting a holistic approach in areas prone to violent extremism. To counter violent extremism and increase resilience of the most vulnerable people, Mercy Corps is strengthening social cohesion between communities, combining development actions, research and learning-based programmatic approaches.