Communications is an integral part of any development/humanitarian initiative. A dynamic communication strategy will raise the profile of an organization by telling compelling stories, sharing engaging messages/mission statements, brand management, media toolkits, curating social [media] networks, and fostering strong relationships with donors, partners, the public and media.
Employed as a global 'humanitarian mercenary' (aka: freelance Communication and Development Advisor) my work entails the above plus strategic planning, coordination, research, writing, liaising, media development, behavioural change components, 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.
I work predominantly in the field of humanitarian aid and development but this has widened to include local and international media outlets, and private sector companies.
My client roster includes: multiple United Nations organizations + 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 + Siemens + Samsung France + L'Oréal.