Communications is an integral part of any development/humanitarian initiative. A dynamic communication strategy will raise the profile of an organization through the telling of compelling stories, sharing of engaging messages/mission statements, strong brand management, creation of media toolkits, curation of social [media] networks, and fostering strong relationships with partners, the public, and media.
Employed as a global 'humanitarian mercenary' (aka: freelance Communication and Development Advisor) my work entails the above along with strategic planning, coordination, research and mapping, writing, liaising, media development, behavioural change, and reporting. I use these elements to bridge the divide between an organization, external partners, civil society and those that matter most: the people at the heart of every initiative.
I've been everywhere. Will work almost anywhere. The bulk of my experience comes from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
Although I work predominantly in the field of humanitarian aid and development, this has widened to include local and international media outlets, universities, public art foundations, and private sector companies.
My client roster includes: multiple United Nations organizations + Confluence Philanthropy + International Development Research Centre (IDRC) + Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) + City of Victoria + ActionAid International + CARE + Tadamon + Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) + International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) + Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation + International Committee of the Red Cross + Transparency International + University of Minnesota + Siemens + Samsung France + L'Oréal.