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Lyndsay McLean

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SDDirect Team

Lyndsay is an SDDirect Senior Associate with over 25 years' experience working in international development as a policy-maker, researcher and consultant. She has particular expertise on gender, gender-based violence and women’s empowerment, including in conflict-affected countries. She has also worked on conflict prevention and violence reduction, post-conflict reconstruction and peace building, identity-based violence, ethnicity and exclusion, children and youth and governance.

Lyndsay is experienced in managing and conducting social research (qualitative, participatory, quantitative), linking research to policy and practice; teaching, training and facilitation; policy dialogue and analysis; programme design and implementation; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; project management; team leadership; and web-based communication.

Lyndsay previously worked for DFID in a number of programme and policy positions as well as for the European Council as political assistant to the EU Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa. She holds a Master's degree in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Development Studies. She is fluent in French and Italian and has a basic knowledge of Danish and Portuguese. Her main geographical areas of expertise are Africa - she has worked in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Zambia - and South Asia - India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has also worked in East Timor, Haiti and Viet Nam.

Lyndsay has held a range of longer-term positions including Technical Team Leader for the DFID-funded Violence against Women and Girls Helpdesk, core management team member of the DFID-funded What works to prevent Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Programme, Team leader of the DFID-funded La Pépinière programme in the DRC and senior advisor to the Tithetse Nkhanza VAWG prevention and access to justice programme in Malawi. She is also a part-time Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex where she convene a master’s degree in Gender, Violence and Conflict, and co-founder of the Prevention Collaborative.