I am drinking a cup of coffee as I write this blog. I suspect that some of you may be drinking one as you read it. The coffee you are enjoying may well be coming from the east of the …
I am Head of DFID DRC. With an annual budget of £150 million and 50 staff, our office leads the British Government’s ambitious programme to reduce poverty, foster sustainable development and mitigate conflict in the DRC. I joined DFID as a private sector adviser in 1999 and subsequently led the Growth Team in DFID's Policy Division in London before taking up leadership positions in DFID’s offices in Nigeria, Vietnam and Ghana. I started my career in banking in Germany and also worked as an economic development consultant to the World Bank, the US Government and the Inter-American Development Bank. I was educated in Germany, the US, Spain and the UK. I hold a PhD/DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford. I am married with three children.
The 134 years since Kinshasa was founded have witnessed many people coming and going. Nowadays it is mostly development workers, peacekeepers and, encouragingly, an increasing number of businessmen and women who flock to Africa’s third-biggest city. I am one of …
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On this blog DFID staff share their personal experiences of helping to eliminate extreme poverty across the developing world.
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