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Shoa Asfaha Shoa Asfaha
Head of Forest Governance and Climate Change

Shoa has extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), forest governance, socio-economic studies and gender analysis in a wide range of contexts, including fragile and post-conflict states and the Congo Basin region. 

Shoa has broad experience in working with civil society organisations, governments and international institutions. Her areas of responsibility in IPE Triple Line cover: Team Leader of the Independent Review Team for the Department for International Development Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme (DFID FGMC) since 2013; leading on the Results Framework on Maanda Comic Relief work on women and girls empowerment programme jointly funded by DFID since 2014; grant assessment and project performance for (DFID)’s: Global Poverty Challenge Fund (GPAF), Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF), Development Awareness Fund (DAF) and the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF). She also worked on consultancy in monitoring and evaluation, socio-economic studies, mid-term reviews and feasibility studies with a number of organisations such as UN Common Funds for Commodities (CFC), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), FERN, Christian Aid, Rainforest Foundation, SOS Sahel, Overseas Development Group (University of East Anglia), CAFOD, Oxfam, SoS Kinderdorf Int’l, Anti Slavery International, CARE Int’l USA and Canada and CAMFED. Before joining IPE Triple Line, Shoa worked on project and programme management at senior level with CARE International UK and USA (7 years), as well as a freelance consultant (10 years).

Shoa served as Board or Committee Member in several Non Governmental Organisations, such as IDE International and IDE UK, CARE International in the UK, African Foundation for Development, and is a Programme Advisor to Women and Girls - Comic Relief. 

Shoa gained substantial experience through her focus on project implementation and strategic programme development with a broad range of organisations in different international development environments. Shoa has a thorough understanding of the challenges and complexity of development issues and the expectations of multiple stakeholders including the ‘beneficiaries’ and ‘donors’. Through her work in Africa and globally, Shoa has gained specialist experience in forest governance and social development, in particular gender analysis.

Shoa holds a PhD. Honours in Economic Geography and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a BSc in Political Economy, University VIII, Paris (France).   Shoa speaks Tigrinya, Amharic and French, and basic Italian.

Shoa's country experience includes:

  • Africa - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia
  • Americas - Canada, USA
  • Europe - Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland
  • Asia - Bangladesh, India

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