Rory Anderson, World Vision’s deputy director for advocacy and government relations advocates for increased U.S. attention to human rights, humanitarian and development issues, with a focus on regions affected by conflict or disaster. Currently dedicated to promoting increased U.S. engagement in the regional conflicts in northern Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Anderson co-authored “Pawns of Politics: Children, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Uganda”. The report summarizes the history and devastating impact of Uganda’s 20-year civil war, which includes tens of thousands of children who have been abducted and forcefully conscripted into the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. More than 1.3 million civilians have been forced from their homes. The report also sets forth recommendations for pursing peace. Between 2001 and 2002, Anderson helped initiate a multi-agency advocacy campaign to end the trade of “conflict diamonds” that fund wars in several parts of Africa. As part of those efforts, Anderson played a lead advisory role in drafting and enacting the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which regulates the international diamond trade. Anderson also pressed for 10 percent of global AIDS funding to be dedicated to the care of orphans and children made vulnerable by this disease, as stated in the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Act. With partner agencies, she also promoted the passage of the Sudan Peace Act. Before joining World Vision, Anderson served as a project manager for Abt Associates (external link), a government and business research and consulting firm. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master of arts in international development from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.