Communications is an integral part of any development/humanitarian project or programme. A dynamic communication strategy will raise the profile of an organization by telling compelling stories, sharing engaging messages/mission statements, including brand management, media toolkits and curated 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, editing, photography, 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 each and every initiative.
I've been everywhere. Will work anywhere. The bulk of my experience comes from Africa, the Middle East, South 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.