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John Mitchell

My details

Job title: Director
Organisation: ALNAP
Country: United Kingdom
Account type: Full member

About me

I have been Director of ALNAP since 2002. In 2005, I oversaw the setting up of the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and I led the first edition of the State of the Humanitarian System Report, the first system-wide commentary of the performance of the humanitarian system.

I have a background in anthropology and nutrition and began my career with the UK Department for International Development and the UN World Food Programme in Ethiopia 1984-86, where I worked as a field monitor.

I went on to direct a cooperative specialising in participatory evaluations and later took up the position of Senior Humanitarian Advisor at the British Red Cross, which included supporting the International Federation of the Red Cross in their work on disaster preparedness.

I have been involved in many humanitarian initiatives including the development of therapeutic foods for Oxfam and the design of food security monitoring systems for ActionAid. I also led a coalition of agencies in establishing the Humanitarian Ombudsman Project in 1998, and am a long-standing member of the Humanitarian Policy Advisory Group.


Page titleDate posted
Commitment gridlock at the WHS: a three lane highway for delivering change14 June 2016
A bucketful of UN reform3 December 2015
A job well done is the best possible humanitarian motivation20 August 2015
Doing the thing right or doing the right thing?20 August 2015
50 years of humanitarian action: From best practice to best fit20 October 2014
The Trouble with Aid8 January 2013
'Value for money'24 November 2011
Leadership in action. Where next for effective leadership in humanitarian operations? 17 June 2011
26th ALNAP Meeting- Starting the conversation30 March 2011
Brazil floods and mudslides - A Brazilian perspective3 February 2011
Media and disasters12 January 2011
Welcome to the Recovering Evaluators Support Group forum27 October 2010
'Programme Evaluation'18 September 2009

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