Alayna Imlah

Principal Consultant

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I am an expert in aid effectiveness, the multilateral system and partnership, working with over a decade’s experience spread between consultancy work and the UK civil service. I have a proven record of building lasting relationships with multilaterals, governments, NGOs, civil society and other actors as well as strong knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the changing development landscape where inequality and exclusion within countries or regions pose new challenges for the UN system, NGOs and governments alike, to ensure no-one is left behind. With in-depth experience of managing international, multi-sector projects I have helped to find collaborative solutions to challenges faced by clients such as DFID, the African Development Bank, the GAVI Alliance, VSO and the Danish Refugee Council.

My consultancy work has a strong focus on the role of partnerships and relationships, including how they are identified, managed and maintained, and how partnership management contributes to the success of international development projects, particularly in challenging contexts. My PhD in Human Geography involved research and fieldwork to understand partnerships and networks, and their impact on development effectiveness in a Sub-Saharan African development context, and I also have experience of working in the Asia Pacific region. My work is grounded in an understanding of structural inequalities and I believe the role of a consultant is often to give a voice and tell the story of those who don’t have that opportunity. As such I have extensive experience of using mixed research methods and strong interviewing skills to understand peoples every day experiences, combined with excellent analytical and writing skills to evaluate and articulate findings. I have experience of working in diverse thematic areas, including Public Health, Gender, Inclusion, Organisational Effectiveness, Livelihoods and Migration.