Bev is a Social Development and Governance advisor – with quite a lot of M&E and Learning thrown in. Her passion is for supporting improvements in the relationships and accountability between women and men in development, and between people and their governments – with a particular focus on people who are left out, falling through the gaps, or overlooked in some way. Bev has done a lot of high level facilitation between citizens and governments in African contexts, as she likes to help people make things work better – whether it’s within their organisation, their society – or their results framework.
Bev started out in Sudan in the late 1980s as a VSO teacher trainer. She then headed Christian Aid’s Horn of Africa team before joining CAFOD as Head of Africa Section, and then International Director until 2004 when she and her partner headed up the CAFOD-Trocaire-Sciaf joint country office in Ethiopia. Since 2008, she has been a freelance consultant – and an INTRAC associate since 2010. She has also worked with the World Bank, DFID and Irish Aid on programme design, reviews and evaluations, and is part of the Thinking and Working Politically community of practice. For six years she was the team leader and then strategic adviser to the multi-donor Civil Society Support Programme in Ethiopia, managed by the British Council and INTRAC, and also supported the Enabling State programme in Nepal until 2014. She is now Senior Programme Advisor to two politically agile and adaptive programmes in Sudan, and Rwanda.
In between work in the Horn, she also trains national staff of international NGOs like Action Aid and Trócaire on qualitative approaches to M&E; and provides quality assurance for DFID’s own monitoring and evaluation work through the EQUALS team of IOD PARC/TripleLine Consulting. She is a trustee of Age International in UK – and also provides organisational development and strategic planning support for organisations like CONCORD in Brussels. She is currently supporting Citizen Engagement training of government actors in East and Central Asia through the World Bank.