Fernanda Faria is an Independent Consultant and Programme Associate at European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht. Her main areas of work are EU external relations, with a particular focus on security, development and governance-support policies in Africa relations, and donor policies for peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile states. She has published on the ‘fragile states' international debate and policies, namely for NOREF and, in 2007, co-authored a study for the Portuguese Presidency of the EU on adapting EU policy responses and tools to situations of fragility. She has conducted fieldwork, policy analysis and multi-stakeholder consultations in various African countries, including for the International Dialogue on peacebuilding and statebuilding and the OECD-DAC International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) in the framework of their work on fragile states. After taking her degree in International Relations at the Universidade do Minho (UM) in Portugal, she worked as research fellow at the IEEI (Institute for Strategic and International Studies), a think tank in Lisbon, on political and security issues in the Maghreb. She was a visiting fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and later published with the ISS on the EU's role in crisis management in Africa. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she worked at ECDPM on EU development cooperation and relations with the ACP.