Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

Role: Head of MENA Programmes

Team: Humanitarian team


I joined CARE International UK in July 2017 and head up our programmes in the Middle East and North Africa region, which includes large humanitarian grants in Syria and Yemen. I joined CARE from DFID, where I worked in Afghanistan and Palestine, as well as on the Middle East and North Africa more widely. At DFID I was an accredited governance advisor with a specialism in anti-corruption and political systems, and will be working closely with our governance and women’s economic empowerment teams on expanding CARE International UK’s development programming in the Middle East and North Africa.

One good thing I’ve read

Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a more dangerous world by Christina Lamb – I read this shortly after I left Afghanistan following a 2.5 year posting in Kabul. I found that it resonated with my experience of the country and the conflict, however limited that was by security restrictions, and provides a valuable insight into the history and futility of the war.

Email: HThompson@Careinternational.org

Twitter: @HVThompson24

Blog posts

Working in consortium to deliver large, complex programmes has become the norm for NGOs over the last few years. Increasingly, working in consortium is a clear expectation set out in donor tenders and calls for proposals. But is the sector taking