For 17 years, Caroline has worked with state and non-state actors to foster dialogue and support the advancement of progressive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights policies and financing. She has led the development and implementation of successful advocacy initiatives and attended to improving the health rights and welfare of women in over 44 low and middle-income countries. Caroline currently supports the collaboration between European and African Parliamentarians, and specifically leads parliamentary advocacy and health financing capacity development. This includes preparation and dissemination of key resources to support the delivery of the parliamentarians’ mandate on Health, Rights and Development through legislation, appropriation of financial resources, oversight and representation at global, regional, sub-regional and national levels.
She previously served as the African Regional Head of the External Relations, Advocacy, Communication and Resource Mobilization at International Planned Parenthood Federation, (IPPFAR). In this role she led Political Diplomacy, Policy, Resource Mobilization and Sub-Granting of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender Equality programmes for the regional office and on behalf of the national affiliates. She also supported and coordinated the building of capacities of IPPF national affiliates and Non IPPF Civil Society Organizations across 44 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.
Caroline is experienced in health policy research and was most recently the Principal Editorial Advisor (2018) for the State of the African Women research that was undertaken in collaboration with KIT (the Dutch Tropical Institute) as part of EU funded State of the African Women project. The report presents a context specific analysis that monitors and reports on the different levels of implementation of key continental SRHR instruments and provides vital information that supports the strengthening of evidence- based advocacy efforts. https://rightbyher.org/the-state-of-the-african-women/
Caroline has also contributed to the mobilization and organization of civil society networks across Africa and has worked with different clusters including First Ladies through the Organization of African First Ladies OAFLA; Women Leaders through the African Women Leaders Network AWLN; Civil Society through the establishment of the African CSO League; Academia, Youth and the Fourth Estate. She has developed and rolled out SRHR campaigns and built capacities to position and voice Africa’s Health concerns to National Governments, Regional Governmental Systems, Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies. Her work has seen the progressive growth, development and implementation of successful and progressive policy and financing initiatives for SRHR, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa.
In the past, Caroline also served as International Team Manager for Advocacy at DSW, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (German Foundation for World Population) and for worked for over 7 years in Africa, Parts of Asia, Belgium and Germany to support advocacy and RH/FP budget tracking work which formed a solid basis for successful national and sub-national accountability. Her formative research work is documented in ‘Health Financing in Kenya; the case of RH /FP’ (2011) and ‘Actionable Policy and Budget Monitoring Methodology’ (2013). Other positions she has held include International Project Manager at DSW; Advocacy Manager at DSW; Grants & Development Manager, at the Centre for Health Solutions (CHS); and Advocacy & Communications Officer (ANPPCAN), a Pan-African Child Rights organization. In her earlier years, Caroline served in the Government of Kenya where she undertook communication, public policy and public relations work. She is an alumnus of the British Institute of Eastern Africa (BIEA) Graduate Research Assistant Program (2000 – 2002).
Caroline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Masters in International Relations. She also holds executive credentials on Strategic Management for Not-for-Profit Organizations, Health Economics and Fertility Transition from the Harvard Kennedy School, World Bank Institute and The Oxford University (Institute of Population Ageing) respectively.