What is RESDAL?


A network that creates, strengthens and links the capacities and efforts of decision-makers, academics and members of civil society within the field of security and defence, collaborating in the construction of a peaceful democratic environment in Latin America and the Caribbean where democratic institutions exist that generate policies, experiences and initiatives that at the same time impact the hemispheric and international security environment.


RESDAL was born at the end of 2001 as an initiative by a group of experts from several countries who had the vision to create a space for collaborative work and dialogue in order to promote democratic institutions in the area of security and defence.


Since it was founded, we have contributed to greater transparency of government institutions and the introduction of key issues into the regional agenda, while supporting hemispheric cooperation processes and confidence-building, and reinforcing state and civil society capabilities, all of which inspires us to keep working.



Network’s structure


We coordinate projects and activities from our Executive Secretariat, where a team of professionals from various countries in the region organises the execution of projects, convenes and links members together, responds to the enquiries of users, maintains the RESDAL website and organises visits and contacts with institutions from various countries. In addition, it administers resources, prepares and presents new projects, and searches for new funding opportunities, together with the other activities inherent to the daily functioning of the organisation



Our members

Marcela Donadio


Marcela Donadio is the Executive Secretary of RESDAL. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences. Since 1992 she has been a Professor of International Security and National Defence and participated in numerous courses and seminars around the world on the theme of security and defence.



Samanta Kussrow


 Samanta Kussrow is the current coordinator of the Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and Caribbean, and co-executive producer of the Public Security Index. She is a political scientist, and is currently studying a Masters in Political Sciences and Sociology.


Matthew Budd


Matthew Budd is a researcher focusing on RESDAL's public security and women, peace and security programs. British nationality, he holds an honours degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Chiara Oriti Niosi


Chiara Oriti Niosi has been part of the gender program of RESDAL, as a specialist in promoting gender and combating sexual violence in situations of armed conflict.



María Teresa Vera


María Teresa Vera is the IT manager at RESDAL. She is in charge of the weekly news summary and of the Network’s communications and social networks.





Paz Tibiletti


She has served in the Executive Secretariat of RESDAL since its creation in 2001. She is not currently part of the team, but occasionally participates as a researcher in some of the Network's programs.



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