Role: Governance and Accountability Advisor, Africa
Team: Inclusive Governance team
Currently I am advisor on inclusive governance and accountability for the Eastern, Southern and Horn of Africa region within CARE International UK’s inclusive governance team. I joined CARE International UK in June 2014. My area of interest is exploring ways through which organised society interacts with and shapes the behaviour of the state and its agents in the developing world. As part of CARE International UK based in Nairobi (rather than within its headquarters in London), I constantly navigate the zone between complex theorisations of development formulated in the North, and their practical application and implications in the South.
I have an MA degree, focusing on the politics of industrial policy in Kenya, from Egerton University in Kenya. I am currently pursuing a PhD focusing on state restraint through social organisation and action. Previously I worked for ActionAid International as coordinator and manager of governance projects in Kenya and regional advisor for Africa based at MS TCDC in Arusha Tanzania.
One good thing I’ve read
Achille Mbembe’s On the Postcolony should be a very refreshing read for those interested in new perspectives on the African post-colonial situation. I highly recommend it.
CARE International UK’s humanitarian team supports CARE’s humanitarian work by accessing funding, and by providing project management and technical advice and capacity to CARE’s country offices and CARE’s emergency responses. CARE has a strong focus on ensuring that all our humanitarian programming responds meaningfully to the needs and capacities of different people, whatever their gender, identity or particular circumstances. CARE’s emergency shelter team is also based at CARE International UK.
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Poverty and social injustice are caused and maintained by unequal power relations that result in the inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities – between women and men, between power-holders and marginalised communities, and between countries. CARE believes poor governance is a key cause of poverty and social injustice. Our Inclusive Governance team promotes inclusive and accountable governance systems so that poor and marginalised people have influence over decisions that affect their lives. We help communities get organised and get their priorities included in development planning. We work to increase women’s voice and leadership in public life. We support service users to hold service providers to account. We work with public authorities and service providers to help them become more transparent and responsive to poor and marginalised people.
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The Programmes and Policy team is responsible for overseeing programme quality and multiplying the impact of our programming by encouraging governments, business and donors – based on the evidence we witness on the ground – to adopt policy reforms that support the world’s poorest people and communities. Working in partnership with our country programmes, women’s rights organisations and civil society, we put forward the views of the most marginalised to governments, including the UK government, multinational businesses and global institutions and press the case for change. In short, our goal is to change the rules of the game that keep people poor.
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Our Women’s Economic Empowerment team leads CARE’s work globally to ensure women have greater access to and control over economic resources, assets and opportunities. We focus on four inter-related pathways to economic empowerment, based on a combination of women’s core economic roles as producers, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers: financial inclusion, women and value chains, dignified work, and entrepreneurship. We also focus on supporting the involvement of women in creating resilient markets in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
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