Gemma has worked with both the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office and DFID, contributing to government policy and developing effective communication channels with the UK public.  She is experienced in programme management, evaluation and international relations, including in conflict states, and has extensive experience of working in East Africa. She is currently based in South Africa.

Gemma has been central to the effective delivery of several evaluation teams supporting the work of the UK’s Independent Committee on Aid Impact.  These have included How DFID Learns, the provision of electoral support through the UNDP, Evaluation of DFID’s work in Pakistan, How DFID Works with Multilateral Agencies and evaluation of DFID’s Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. Other recent work has included support to civil society in Kenya and Zambia, evaluation of aid effectiveness approaches in Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, a political economy analysis of devolution in Kenya and a review of Trust Funds for a multilateral development bank.

Gemma has also developed a portfolio of work addressing climate change adaptation and governance. She has worked on adaptation policy and practice, climate finance architecture and governance and evaluating climate programming and institutional performance. This includes co-authoring three regional `Special Reports on Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in Africa, Asia and Latin America’, examining the impacts on children of disasters in Asia and the Pacific, looking at the political economy of climate change in East Africa and exploring climate finance issues in East and West Africa.