Ingebjørg Finnbakk

Research Assistant

Ingebjørg Finnbakk
Ingebjørg Finnbakk left PRIO in 2020. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


From 2016-2019, Ingebjørg Finnbakk was deployed by the Norwegian Refugee Concil/NORDEM to the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO, in Ituri Province, eastern DRC. In Ituri she was responsible for  Trust fund management and  implementation of the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS). Additionally, she played a key role in initiating and building a political peace process between the most significant armed group (FRPI) in the area and the government. Together with key partners from the Congolese government and civil society, she developed and executed strategies targeting key civilian and military stakeholders through formal and informal channels to build trust and momentum through inclusive and transparent dialogues from local to national level. As a direct result, a National Action Plan, a DDR plan and a drafted Peace Agreement were developed, followed by the allocation of funds to the potential reintegration phase.

In her current position at PRIO, Ingebjørg will work with Louise Olsson as a Research Assistant on the projects Sweden in the UN Security Council: what can we learn on Women, Peace, and Security, and Equal Peace. She has various experience on the WPS agenda from working with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and conducting research on sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo from  2015 - 2019.              

Ingebjørg is a former MA student and Research Assistant at PRIO working on various projects.  As part of her thesis, she conducted field work in South Kivu, eastern Congo on community perceptions towards the reintegration of survivors of sexual violenece. An article is published in Human Rights Quarterly, together with her previous supervisor, Ragnhild Nordås. 


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Finnbakk, I., & Nordås, R. (2019). Community Perspectives and Pathways to Reintegration of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Human Rights Quarterly, 41(2), 263-282.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Nordås, Ragnhild & Ingebjørg Finnbakk (2019) Community Perspectives and Pathways to Reintegration of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Quarterly 41(2): 236–282.

Master Thesis

Finnbakk, Ingebjørg (2015) Community Perceptions Towards Survivors of Sexual Violence: A qualitative study from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.. MA thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Olney, Jessica; Nurul Haque; Roshid Mubarak; Marte Nilsen; Ingebjørg Finnbakk; Gudrun Østby & Kendra Dupuy (2019) Preventing a Lost Generation: Community-led education by Rohingya refugees, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Olsson, Louise; Angela Muvumba Sellström; Patty Chang; Torunn L. Tryggestad; Peter Wallensteen & Ingebjørg Finnbakk (2021) Sweden as an Elected Member of the UN Security Council: Promoting Women, Peace and Security as Core Council Business, 2017–18, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.