Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer

Ben is a Communications and Impact Officer in the Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster.

Previously, he has worked for Bond, Seva Mandir, 50by40 and as a freelance editorial designer. He has a Masters’ in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex, and a Bachelors’ in Film and Media from the University of Sunderland.

Ben is working on a portfolio of projects, and previously led communications for the FCDO-funded Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D). He is currently leading on the strategic communications for: Knowledge for Development and Diplomacy, Clean Energy for Development, Towards Brown Gold, Countering Backlash and more.



Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI)

As a part of the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS led a workshop exploring needs and vulnerability in Afghanistan. Leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of leading global think tanks working on Afghanistan and aid issues, the resulting report will be based on analysis...



Five ways funding is crucial for organising and defeating gender backlash

Backlash from conservative, patriarchal, religious and political forces is often seen as ‘the cost of doing business’ by feminist or LGBTQ+ activists. Yet how do philanthropic institutions who support gender justice respond to the scaled-up, well-financed and globally coordinated anti-gender...

12 March 2024


Embracing equity in different contexts this International Women’s Day

This International Women's Day (8 March) falls after a year in which we have seen the continuation of gender backlash forces around the world. Women's reproductive rights are being increasingly targeted, online gender based violence is multiplying in diverse contexts, and in many settings...

10 March 2023

Ben O’Donovan-Iland’s recent work


Gender progressives must step up against the ‘anti-gender juggernaut’

Philanthropists must step up their funding for gender and women’s rights activists and organisations, against a well-organised anti-gender movement rolling back rights of women and LGBTQ+ people globally, worth $1bn in the USA alone and growing across Europe, warns a new report. The new...

12 March 2024

Past Event

Counting the cost: funding flows, gender backlash and counter backlash

Major political and social shifts are stifling the possibility of gender justice across the world. Analysing this backlash as operating on global, regional and local scales in this webinar, we ask, where is the money? Watch now While predominant...

12 December 2023


Domestic workers in India are demanding justice

Domestic workers in Delhi NCR are demanding that they receive fair and dignified treatment, and the recognition of their rights. As part of this, they are including appropriate wages, a day’s leave in a week, fixed hours of work in a day and the assurance of provident fund, pension, and...

16 August 2023