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Shoa Asfaha Shoa Asfaha
Head - Forest Governance and Climate Change

Shoa is a forest governance and climate change, monitoring and evaluation, food security, gender and inclusion specialist, with nearly 30 years’ experience in international development advising donors, voluntary sector organisations, research institutions, governments, UN institutions and community organisations.  

She has undertaken and led a number of complex evaluations and reviews on forest governance and climate change. She has helped agencies to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks and how to integrate gender in their programmes and organisations.

She has worked in a wide range of contexts, including Congo Basin, East, West, Central and Southern African countries and South and South-East Asia. Having worked at project implementation with communities as well as programme and strategic levels with a cross section of organisations, she understands the challenges and complexity of development and governance issues, and expectations of multiple stakeholders. 


Shoa served as Board or Committee Member in several Non Governmental Organisations, such as IDE International and IDE UK, CARE International in the UK, African Foundation for Development, and is a Programme Advisor to Women and Girls - Comic Relief. 

Shoa holds a PhD. Honours in Economic Geography and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a BSc in Political Economy, University VIII, Paris (France).   Shoa speaks Tigrinya, Amharic and French, and basic Italian.

Shoa's country experience includes:

  • Africa - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia
  • Americas - Canada, USA
  • Europe - Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland
  • Asia - Bangladesh, India

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