Amy joined Social Development Direct as a Technical Specialist in January 2017, and supports the delivery of technical work across SDD’s portfolio. She holds an MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, where she specialised in modern African and Southeast Asian history. She brings six years’ experience of working on gender and social inclusion in relation to governance, conflict, security and livelihoods programming.
Amy previously worked for DFID, in its Violence Against Women and Girls team and Syria Crisis Unit, where she supported programme design, policy development and cross-Whitehall coordination. Following this, Amy worked as a Project Manager in Adam Smith International’s Justice, Security and Peacebuilding team, through which she managed and provided technical support to projects in South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Palestine and Somaliland. Amy also worked as a freelance consultant in The Gambia, where she supported the EU Non State Actors Strengthening Programme as a civil society adviser.
Amy believes passionately that gender and social inclusion should be woven into the fabric of development, and that the voices of beneficiaries, and work of local organisations, should be the starting point from which programmes are built. She is currently working on a range of SDDirect projects, including on the DFID-funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, the DFID Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk, the Girls Education Challenge Fund, and the Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR) programme in Ghana.
Outside of work, Amy is an avid traveller, has a love/hate relationship with running, and, following a recent trip to Cuba, is dipping her toes into the world of salsa dancing.