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.