Claudia Lo Forte

Principal Consultant

I’m a social development specialist with 15 years’ experience in development and conflict settings first as a development worker and then as a consultant. I combine practical experience managing programmes with vulnerable populations, with skills in generating data for programme design and adaptation and evidence-based policy making. My areas of interest and expertise include gender and age dimensions of social inclusion, child protection and violence against women, sexual and reproductive health, and migration and refugee issues. I work primarily in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa but also in southern Europe. Recent clients include UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, FCDO, USAID, SIDA, GCC, other multilaterals and bilaterals as well as INGOs.

A researcher at heart, I have conducted complex assignments in numerous settings in Africa and the Middle East and I am well versed in the design and sequencing of mixed methods appraoches, with extensive experience in ethnographic, participatory, and age-friendly data collection methods. I strive to bring a gender transformative perspective in all my work, going beyond collecting gender disaggregated data to elevate and address issues of power and representation. I am also an accomplished programme manager and team leader, able to navigate and accompany complex stakeholder engagement processes. I have a MSc in State, Society and Development from SOAS, a PG Cert in Social Research Methods from Birkbeck College and I am currently studying part-time for a PhD in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I am a native Italian speaker, fluent in English and French.