"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Elizabeth Long, MA, MS


Elizabeth Long is a behavioral scientist with a focus in international health and development. Her areas of expertise are in international health, gender based violence, impact evaluation, education, and economic development. While working on or evaluating programs she realized that so many of the programs were not designed around the way people actually think and instead designed around an ideal of human decision making that is rarely true in reality. And that this failure to consider how people actually think can create divisions in societies that become hard to overcome. She works to empower organizations and individuals to use insights from both data and behavioral science to improve their programs and in building local capacity to do so on a sustainable basis.

She has lived and/or worked on six continents in health and economic development with USAID/Tanzania, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Harvard School of Public Health, ideas42, I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative, and the Public Health Institute.

She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, University of San Francisco, and University of California, Davis. In her spare time she analyzes performances in the Premier League and dreams up ways to become manager of Chelsea FC.


On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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