Specialist support
through evidence, knowledge & learning

Enhancing planning, policy, programming, advocacy, and training


I support partners' planning, policy, programming, advocacy, and training, through customised advice on and contributions to their evidence, knowledge, and learning.

This can take many forms, such as:

  • facilitation;
  • training;
  • the creation of training manuals and materials;
  • guidelines;
  • action-oriented analysis and advice tailored to a particular context;
  • peer review of policy and programming documents;
  • mapping of useful resources and contacts.

Below are examples of such work I have provided to partners.

In-depth support to UN Women's work on gender-responsive procurement

Most recently, I have supported UN Women's headquarters and its country and regional offices in East and Southern Africa in their internal and external work for gender-responsive procurement in the public and private sectors. Among others, I have helped the organisation review its policies and build up knowledge out of its programming in multiple countries, have written guidelines and a training manual on gender-responsive procurement, and have contributed to its internal training and planning work on this issue, with attention to gender-transformative approaches. I have also acted as a peer reviewer on internal programmatic guidance that helps country offices with their annual work planning on gender-responsive procurement.

Supporting programming and advocacy in the Middle East through facilitation, evidence, and mapping of resources

I have long provided such services with a focus on Middle Eastern countries. For example, I facilitated the internal learning and exchanges among an Oxfam team in a Middle Eastern country about how to find, assess, and use rigorous evidence on aid effectiveness and on local support systems, in their programmes and advocacy. In another case, I systematically identified helpful sources, resources, and contacts in Lebanon and Jordan for British academics who were participating in DFID-led programming there.

Supporting programming and advocacy for the political participation of persons with disabilities in Cameroon and Senegal

I wrote intersectional, gender- and age-sensitive analyses on the political participation of persons with disabilities in Cameroon and Senegal for Sightsavers, an NGO specialised in disability issues. The organisation had over 10 draft quantitative and qualitative studies that it had commissioned and needed to know what the findings pointed to overall. I assessed and summaries these studies into clear, rigorous 10-page syntheses and 2-page summaries per country, providing both French and English versions. Additionally, I offered original analysis and recommendations for the NGO's policy and programming, and I annotated the source studies with comments.

Supporting local advocacy towards international aid actors through action-oriented analysis and advice

I have provided this type of services to international aid organisations, but also to local ones. For example, I worked with a local NGO in the Middle East that is critical of the foreign aid system. I provided it with research on what rights the local population has in relation to aid actors, under human rights and humanitarian law. This directly fed into their planning on how to advocate for changes and how to demand accountability.

(This page is under construction. I may add contents over the coming months, but the information here offers a few key points for a start.)