Alice Kerr Wilson
Alice is a an SDDirect Senior Associate with over twelve years’ experience in international development. A gender expert by background, she joined SDDirect in 2006 and more recently has focused on girls’ education; women peace and security; and preventing violence against women and girls. She sees strong female leadership and a team of talented and committed colleagues as being amongst SDDirect’s key assets and enjoys working within this stimulating environment.
Alice’s interest in gender dynamics and commitment to supporting women and girls’ rights stems from living for six months with a family in Nepal and a further six months living with a Sri Lankan woman volunteering in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka. These formative experiences led her to study Gender Analysis in Development at the University of East Anglia where she gained an MA with distinction. She then began her career in international development as a researcher in Afghanistan and has since progressed to a number of increasingly senior research and technical advisor roles.
At SDDirect she has worked for a range of clients including DFID, UN Women, and NGOs ActionAid and DanChurchAid. Over the years she has been involved in providing specialist social development inputs both to long-term programmes as well as conducting discrete audits and reviews, as well as developing resources for practitioners such as UN Women’s. She has also repeatedly worked for DFID’s gender and South Asia teams both as a seconded staff member and consultant on assignments that have influenced policy and systems and has also provided gender advice for development assistance programmes in Africa and Asia.
From 2012-14 she was a senior gender and social inclusion advisor on DFID’s £350m Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Fund which aims to help up to a million of the world’s poorest girls to have an opportunity to improve their lives through education. As a key team member she helped to develop the grant selection process, selected projects and latterly provided specific capacity building support on social development to projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC and Rwanda.
She currently leads SDDirect’s team working on Component 1 of DFID’s cutting edge research and implementation programme on What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. She is excited to be part of this dynamic consortium engaging with leading researchers and activists in the field of violence prevention. In this role she leads on maximizing SDDirect’s contributions to programme management, capacity building of grantees, research uptake and impact evaluation.
Alice has three young daughters and is based in Roskilde, Denmark, home of the Viking Ship museum and international rock festival. She speaks fluent Danish, good French and some Dari and Nepali. When she gets a moment to herself she likes to run by the fjord near her home.