Catherine Gaynor
Social Development Consultant

Catherine (Cathy) Gaynor is a Social Development Consultant/Planner with 28 years experience at policy and field level in long-term and short-term development work in numerous countries in Africa; Asia; Central, Eastern & Western Europe; the Caribbean and South America.  She has primary qualifications from Universities of Galway and Cork and a Masters in Social Planning from the London School of Economics (1988).

She has worked for Governments, Civil Society Organisations, Multilateral and Bilateral Development Agencies at policy, programme and project levels, in urban and rural settings, to build capacity for social and poverty analysis and to help find practical solutions to social development challenges. An experienced planner and trainer she has also worked as a third level lecturer and researcher in social development and in development management.

Particular areas of interest relate to equity, including gender; rights-based approaches; building inclusive and accountable institutions; promoting social cohesion and social protection; and sustainable livelihoods, especially building capacity to translate these goals and approaches into the changing aid architecture and modalities, to develop practical strategies and programmes and to monitor and evaluate process, outcomes and impacts.

Key skills and expertise include:
  • Social development (including gender) analysis, planning & mainstreaming
  • Social policy, strategy analysis and social planning
  • Pro-poor and rights-based policy analysis and planning
  • Social Inclusion/Protection/Vulnerability
  • Social Research, Participatory Methods and Social & Poverty (Impact) Assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Appraisal, monitoring and evaluation, including poverty monitoring
  • Design, monitoring, review and evaluation of Sector-Wide Approaches
  • Education Planning
  • Pro-poor and equity promoting design of infrastructure programmes, including public-private partnerships
  • Capacity development, facilitation, training and competency assessment
  • Team leadership in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Expertise in a range of sectors including rural and urban development, infrastructure, public-sector reform, education, health, governance, labour and human rights
  • Familiar with several multilateral and bilateral agency policies and practices and requirements for design, evaluation, output-to-purpose reviews and strategy development

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