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Jo Carpenter

MEL Specialist

Jo is a communication for development (C4D) practitioner and MEL specialist with over 20 years’ experience leading governance and civic engagement programmes that seek to amplify marginalised voices, provide equitable access to information, influence policy, and strengthen public interest media.

Jo has worked extensively developing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) frameworks for a range of actors, and specialises in participatory planning and learning processes in collaboration with government, civil society and media partners, often in fragile and conflict-affected countries. At IDS she works within the Knowledge, Impact and Policy (KIP) cluster supporting research programmes working in complex media and policy environments including Better Assistance in Crises and Countering Backlash. She also has an interest in IDS work facilitating learning processes for external clients, including major donors such as SDC, IDRC and FCDO.

Before joining IDS she worked as a senior manager and independent consultant for a range of INGOs, most recently BBC Media Action and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting. Jo has lived and worked in Kenya, Lebanon, Serbia and Vietnam, and has experience of managing programmes in many countries in East and Southern Africa, and South Asia.



Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Knowledge Translation Support

This knowledge translation project aims to increase the visibility, support and uptake of research generated by IDRC’s cohort of CORE research projects, to foster evidence-based policymaking for response to and recovery from the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.


Countering Backlash: Reclaiming Gender Justice

Global progress on gender equality is under threat. We are living in an age where major political and social shifts are resulting in new forces that are visibly pushing back to reverse the many gains made for women’s rights and to shrink civic space. This patriarchal backlash is escalating...


Jo Carpenter’s recent work


Knowledge, Impact and Policy

IDS has pioneered approaches to linking up the supply of inclusive research with the demand for evidence from governments, donors, international development agencies, and civil society. It has also helped shape the concept of the politics of knowledge and current understandings of the...