‘Words are sacred. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.’ (Tom Stoppard)

I am a writer, researcher and policy consultant working on international development, public health, and other global issues; a contributor to BBC Radio 4, Slate, Daily Maverick, Global Dashboard and Roads & Kingdoms; and the author of The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World’s Poorest Countries.

2016:

Tongue-tied: How English-medium education hobbles Tanzania’s children
Client: Daily Maverick
Description: Think piece arguing that Tanzania should ditch English-medium schooling.

Next Generation Tanzania
Client: British Council, Tanzania
Description: Research report discussing findings from quantitative and qualitative IPSOS surveys of young Tanzanians.

Discovering Places: Senegal
Client: Royal Geographical Society
Description: Talk and panel discussion on Senegal as a travel destination.

On the Frontier of Islam: The Maverick Mystics of Senegal
Client: Daily Maverick
Description: Long read on the Baye Fall Sufis of Senegal.

Jihadis of the Soul
Client: BBC Radio 4/BBC World Service
Description: Radio broadcast for ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ on Senegal’s largest Muslim brotherhood, the Mourides.

Next Generation Tanzania: Literature Review
Client: British Council, Tanzania
Description: Review of the academic literature as a background document to the British Council’s ‘Next Generation Youth Voice’ project, which aims to develop policy recommendations to help Tanzania make the most of its burgeoning cohort of young people.

2015:

Tackling Malnutrition: A Systematic Review of 15-year research evidence from INDEPTH health and demographic surveillance systems
Client:
INDEPTH Network, Ghana
Description: 
Review paper published in Global Health Action, November 2015.

Will Africa’s Industrial Revolution be Made in China?
Description: 
Think piece for Africa is a Country.

Why Africa’s Largest Lake is in Grave Danger
Description: Report for Slate.com.

British Council Skills Centre, Ghana
Client: British Council, Accra, Ghana
Description: Consultancy and development of a business plan for the British Council’s new innovation, skills and employability centre in Accra, Ghana.

The Slow Boat to Ukerewe
Description: Travel article for Roads & Kingdoms.

2014:

The Big Squeeze: Nigeria on the Brink
Description:
Book chapter in The New Politics of Strategic Resources, published by the Brookings Institution, November.

Prevention, Treatment and Future Challenges of HIV/AIDS: A Decade of INDEPTH Research
Client: INDEPTH Network of Demographic and Health Surveillance Systems, Ghana
Description: Review paper published in HIV & AIDS Review, August 2014. Follow-up to The History and Impact of HIV/AIDS: A Decade of INDEPTH Research (published June 2014, see below), with a focus on efforts to tackle the virus.

On Brewing Banana Beer
Description:
Travel article for Roads & Kingdoms.

The History and Impact of HIV/AIDS: A Decade of INDEPTH Research
Client: INDEPTH Network of Demographic and Health Surveillance Systems, Accra, Ghana
Description: Review paper published in HIV & AIDS Review, June 2014. Health and demographic surveillance systems have been at the forefront of global efforts to understand and help halt the spread of HIV/AIDS. This paper reviews 540 studies of the history and impact of HIV/AIDS conducted by HDSS sites between 1999 and 2012,  draws out policy lessons gleaned so far, and identifies future research challenges.

The Witches of Ukerewe
Description: Report on witchcraft in East Africa, published by Roads & Kingdoms.

Strategic consultancy, British Council Tanzania
Description: Strategic consultancy for the relaunch of British Council Tanzania, including background research on the market in which the Council operates and strategy development workshops with senior management.

Rwanda Twenty Years On: The Dangers of Demography
Description:
Think piece for African Arguments, the blog of the Royal African Society.

2013:

They’ve Never Heard of Cheese
Description:
Travel article on Ukerewe Island, Tanzania, published on Roads & Kingdoms.

Can English Medium Education Work in Pakistan? Lessons from the Punjab
Client: British Council, Pakistan
Description: Research report and policy recommendations on the quality of education in Punjab, Pakistan, based on a literature review, a quantitative survey of 2000 teachers, focus group discussions, and testing of teachers’ level of English language.

Bubaque, Far Away
Description:
Travel article on the Bijagós Islands of Guinea-Bissau, published on Roads & Kingdoms, Society of American Travel Writers’ travel journalism website of the year 2013.

INDEPTH communications strategy
Client:
INDEPTH Network of Demographic and Health Surveillance Systems, Accra, Ghana
Description: Consultancy on new communications strategy of this global network of demographic and health research sites.

West Africa on the Edge
Description:
Talk at School of Advanced Studies, London University, 17 January.

2012:

The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World’s Poorest Countries (published in the US, UK and as an e-book, October 2012)
Publisher: 
Zero Books 
Description: 
See http://www.theringtoneandthedrum.net for details.

How Technology is Changing Africa
Description: Talk at Social Responsibility Forum, IE Business School, Madrid. 23-24 November.

The Ringtone and the Drum: West Africa in Transition
Description: 
Talk on West Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 7 November.

Global Approaches to Domestic Violence Prevention: Ending Men’s Violence Against Women
Client: Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa
Description: Paper to be published by University of Minnesota. Focuses on the broad social triggers of domestic violence, and on means of shifting harmful cultural norms.

Book review of ‘Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities’
Client
:  Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa
Description: Book review for Gender & Development journal.

Research study on violence against marginalised women in India, Bangladesh and Nepal
Client
: CREA, India
Description: Co-writing multi-country quantitative and qualitative research report on violence against sex workers, lesbian women and disabled women. Published in Reproductive Health Matters, December 2012.

Forgotten Conditions Roundtable, House of Commons, June
Client: 2020health
Description: Lunch meeting with UK health policy-makers to discuss ways of ensuring greater prominence in the policy agenda for rare conditions. Report of the event here.

Working Together: Devolved Nations
Client:
2020health
Description: Research study into what the devolved nations can teach England about reducing sickness-related worklessness. Includes a literature review, interviews with key policy-makers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, site visits to case study projects, and a report of the findings. The project is a follow-up to the 2011 study, Working Together: Promoting Work as a Health Outcome as the NHS Reforms.