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David is a Social Development specialist, with over 10 years of experience in aspects of gender dynamics, childhood poverty and child protection (inc. gender-based violence and violence against women), and linking evidence to policy processes within a variety of institutional contexts. Gender-analysis work has focused upon social audits, social risk, mainstreaming, gender-based violence – particularly relating to adolescent girls, and social protection. Underpinning this work is a cross-cutting interest in the intersection of knowledge, policy and power with respect to policy processes – particularly with regard to the political context and political economy analysis. Methodological specialities on qualitative and participatory methods (including digital storytelling and participatory photography), child/youth friendly approaches, and secondary techniques such as systematic reviews and evidence synthesis. Training in MAXQDA, Sensemaker and EPPI reviewer software. Experience in both NGOs and research institutions, with in-depth fieldwork across South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, with a broader geographic focus on Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa.


  1. Painting by numbers: how does the post-2015 High-Level Panel score on child protection?

  2. Knowledge, policy and power in international development: a practical framework for improving policy

    Working papers

  3. Providing practical guidance for in-country programming: the value of analysing knowledge, policy and power

    Working papers

  4. Childhood vulnerability to climate change in marginalised Vietnamese communities: the case for participation

    Working papers

  5. Knowledge, policy and power in international development: a practical guide

    Book/book chapter

  6. Situation analysis of children and poverty in Uganda: voices of children

    Research reports

  7. ‘Recovery with a human face’ – the global financial crisis and child well-being

    Press Release

  8. Improving the prominence of child rights in poverty reduction strategy papers

    Working papers

  9. Drivers of chronic poverty policy processes


  10. Strengthening science–policy dialogue in developing countries: a priority for climate change adaptation

    Working papers

  11. Participatory governance in Nepal – why the poor and excluded matter

  12. Governance and citizenship from below: Views of poor and excluded groups and their vision for a New Nepal

    Working papers