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Downie appointed horn of Africa Consortium Coordinator

Katie Downie

Katie Downie, Coordinator for Technical Consortium – Horn of Africa, PLE

Katie Downie has been appointed the Coordinator for the Technical Consortium to Build Resilience to Drought in the Horn of Africa.  Katie holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh and has 20 years of experience working in East Africa.  She most recently worked at Oxfam GB as Resilience & Horn of Africa Plan of Action Policy & Advocacy Adviser.

ILRI hosts the consortium on behalf of the CGIAR, to support a new initiative seeking to develop long-term resilience to drought in the arid and semi-arid zones of the Horn of Africa. This initiative has been recently launched by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its member states.

The technical consortium brings together all CGIAR centres plus other research and non-governmental organization partners. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Investment Centre provides support on developing investment plans. They will over a one and a half year period draw up a program of work that will support technical and investment support to IGAD and the national governments in the greater horn of Africa.

Project assistant joins the PLE team

JANET OMONDI recently joined the ILRI as Project Assistant (PLE). Janet holds an Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting Option) from Daystar University, Kenya and she is also a member of the Association of the Chartered Certified Accountants, UK .  She previously worked as Finance and Administration Officer at Olive Leaf Foundation – Kenya.  She has also worked for I Choose Life- Africa and Toyota Kenya Foundation.

Omondi is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA –K) and a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). She has widely travelled across Kenya with assignments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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