Cate Buchanan is a peace process specialist with subject expertise on violence prevention and reduction, gender equality and inclusion, drug and health policy. From January 2018 Cate is a Senior Mediation Adviser in the Standby Team of Experts of the UN Mediation Support Unit in the Department of Political Affairs providing advice on process design and gender & inclusion. Cate has worked with peace process actors in Abkhazia, Georgia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Ossetia, Sudan and Thailand.
From mid-2014 Cate worked in Myanmar as the first Technical Adviser to the Myanmar Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process and as a consultant to the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation. From mid-2015 to October 2017 Cate was an independent Senior Peacebuilding Adviser to Nyein (Shalom) Foundation and the entities it works with including armed groups. This was supported by the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives. From October 2017 to January 2018 Cate continued to provide advisory support to the Myanmar signatory armed groups on inclusive national dialogue processes and on Women, Peace and Security initiatives. Examples of other work in Myanmar includes gender inclusion advice to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and the Paung Sie Facility/Peace Support Fund including co-authoring the seminal report, The Women are Ready: an Opportunity to Transform Peace in Myanmar and the development of a training course on gender and ceasefires in Myanmar with a colleague from Swisspeace.
Previously Cate spearheaded the Surviving Gun Violence Project. In 2014 she was the Chief Editor of the book Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery. Cate worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue from 2001 to 2013, firstly managing the Arms Programme, and from 2008 as a Senior Adviser incorporating gender inclusion strategies in mediation activities and supporting HD's work in Asia & the Pacific. Cate has also worked as a consultant to UN developing guidance for the UN International Small Arms Control Standards and UNDP on strengthening national gun laws. In 2004/05 she was based in Brazil on secondment to Viva Rio as a human security adviser. Previous roles are outlined here.
Cate is a Gender Equality Specialist in the Australian Government Civilian Corps. With degrees from the Australian National University and Sydney University (Master of Health Policy) in 2018 Cate was awarded the innovative University of New South Wales Scientia PhD Scholarship to explore the politics of health systems strengthening in fragmented and conflict-affected settings.