my work

Achievements

  • Successfully managed a website redesign with the web team at IIED, while web content manager, and brought about a major increase in social media traffic (from 1.4% in 2011 to 5% in 2012 – 2013).
  • Single handedly secured funding, researched and produced a 4-part radio drama series about pop culture in Nigeria for the BBC World Service.
  • Got radio drama series Musekeweya, from a concept to getting broadcast on air in a year in Rwanda. The radio drama series was later proven to have had an important influence on listener’s perceptions of social norms.
  • Dramatically increased the number of regular bloggers and the popularity of blogging as a tool to share research and impact at IIED and Save the Children.
  • Helped IIED and Save the Children successfully communicate their impact and share research through hundreds of reports, blogs, web pages, emails and other communications materials.

journalism

May, 2013

Community maps reveal rich resources on “empty” land: Thomson Reuters Foundation

“It’s all in the mind,” George Harrison once said. When most government planners look at Kenya’s Isiolo County, they see barren, dusty land. But pastoralists who live there see something else entirely. How do we know? It’s on their map. Read the full article

April, 2013

Challenging inequality is at heart of climate adaptation: Thomson Reuters Foundation article

After the Asian tsunami hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands in 2004, destroyed houses needed to be rebuilt. But they weren’t just rebuilt with better materials. The repaired houses and assets became jointly owned by women. Read the full article.

July, 2006

Congo case study: Thomson Reuters Foundation

After two years as a child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo, being forced to fire a gun and have sex whenever the men wanted, Aimerance is back with her family in the eastern province of South Kivu. The conflict in Congo has claimed 3.9 million lives from violence, war-related hunger and disease since 1998, even though the war officially ended in 2003.

Read the full case study.

November, 2000

New African magazine

Feature on Sierra Leonean women recovering from sexual violence: “Picking up the pieces”. Woman looking directly at camera in New African magazine.

December, 1999

Mapping Awareness

I was news editor of this magazine, and wrote an investigative column on the geospatial industry.

November, 1999

GeoEurope

I was news editor of this magazine reporting on developments from the geospatial technology industry, and introduced an investigative column called: “Between the lines.”

Picture of "Between the Lines" article

November, 1998

Independent on Sunday

I worked as a freelancer for the Independent on Sunday travel section. See the tearsheets and PDFs of some of the interviews and articles I wrote for them.

sub-editing

March, 2014

Published articles and blogs I’ve sub-edited in 2013-14

Independent Research Forum

Transforming growth for least developed countries

International Institute for Environment and Development 

Are Kazakhstan’s plans for a greener future at risk?

Room for optimism on Africa, the “hopeful” continent

A marriage to save the earth: Farmers and researchers innovate to conserve biodiversity

Least developed country leaders say “follow us” to tackle climate change

Citizen power: Sustaining paralegal programmes to put knowledge back into communities’ hands

Why do I see blue when everyone else sees green?

Spreading the word about the no-till agricultural revolution

Uganda: Is art the answer to communicating about climate change?

Three steps for reaching the right audiences in an information-saturated world

Kenya: The importance of cross-border dialogue in the drylands

Reducing risks to urban health and building climate resilience

Forest and Farm Facility: Getting resources to those who matter

Wanted: Community wildlife conservation success stories

Are “alternative livelihoods” projects effective?

Nepal: Measuring resilience to climate change from the community up

Monitoring and evaluation in Mozambique shows how to link local and national climate adaptation

Green Climate Fund: a big step forward, but many decisions pending

Kazakhstan: Green economy of the future?

Who will pay for ecosystem services?

Work and shelter – two struggles, one reality

Least developed countries lead on low-carbon resilience

COP19: Cities on the agenda at the climate talks

Can investment crowdfunding deliver Sustainable Energy for All?

Nepal: Forestry and agriculture and the story of their fake divorce

March, 2007

Last in Line, last in school

I edited Save the Children’s flagship report Last in Line, Last in school, and came up with the title. The report revealed that more than half of the total number of children worldwide missing out on school were living in countries affected by armed conflict, and that donors were consistently failing these children. An updated report on similar themes is now published annually.

Read and download the entire report

copywriting

April, 2007

Save the Children’s Annual report

I researched, wrote and edited Save the children’s annual report 2006-2007.