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Corinne Whitaker
independent consultant, thematic expert , UN, international NGOs
NYC area , United States
25+ years in program development/evaluation, documentation of promising practice/emerging trends, capacity building/distance teaching, research, advocacy. Global, international NGO, CSO, academia, networks/movement/grantmaking entities, foundations. Women's and girls' health, economic rights, empowerment; ending gender-based violence and harmful practices. Experience in every region of SS Africa; additionally, in Central America and South Asia
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
An independent consultant offering 25+ years of experience in program evaluation, documentation of best practice and emerging trends in practice, capacity building and advocacy with international and southern-based agencies addressing women's and girls' health and economic rights and empowerment. Current focus on ending gender-based violence and harmful practices globally. Thirty years of experience on the African continent; additional work in Central America and South Asia.

Work with mixed method prospective and retrospective evaluation research; development of tools and guidelines for practice; strategic and operational planning including theories of change; and advocacy for policy and social change. Collaboration with southern CSOs and practitioners, global multidisciplinary networks and movements, global affiliate networks, small and large foundations, technical and donor agencies, and university-based research.

Previously 9 years as Senior Program Officer for Africa and 2 years as Senior Adviser to Regional Programs for the International Women’s Health Coalition; Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins; Distance Lecturer, NY Medical College.

French, Spanish and some KiSwahili.

Ph.D. in International Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (dissertation a mixed method prospective assessment of a women’s microfinance program on household decision-making and women’s health in Mufindi District, Tanzania). Published on women’s development, adolescent reproductive and sexual health including marginalized populations, livelihoods and credit and savings for adolescent girls, abortion rights, and rights-based and accountability approaches to ending maternal mortality, gender based violence and harmful practices.
Education:
Ph.D. International Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ph.D. in International Health (including courses in anthropology, household economics, demography, and qualitative methods). Dissertation: an impact evaluation of women’s micro-finance program on household decision-making and women’s health.

Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Graduated
A.B. cum laude, with certificate in Latin American Studies.

Other Education: Muhimibili College of Health Sciences and Medical School, Tanzania, MHS courses and clinical rounds; Université du Bénin, Togo, MA in Education courses; Princeton University/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, DF, Base for field research.
Affiliations and Achievements:
MEMBERSHIPS/APPOINTMENTS (Current and past): Security Women-USA Board Member; International Women’s Health Coalition’s Leadership Council, Planned Parenthood, Women Advancing Microfinance, Advisory Committee/co-author for It’s All One Curriculum; Steering Committee, SEEDS (Population Council Publication); Associate, Dept of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

AWARDS: Social Science Research Council, Fellowship for Training/Dissertation Research on African Health and Agriculture; Fulbright-Hays Research/Study Grant.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Team Member and major contributing writer
2019, Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change Phase I and II (2008–2017), NYC, NY UNFPA and UNICEF https://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/admin-resource/FGM_Eval_Vol1_FINAL_Pages.pdf

2018, Corporate Evaluation of UNFPA support to the prevention, response to and elimination of gender-based violence and harmful practices (2012-2017), NYC, NY, UNFPA https://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/corporate-evaluation-unfpa-support-prevention-response-and-elimination-gender-based

September, 2010. Good Practice in Building Regional Technical Capacity to Foster Integration of Gender Equality and Human Rights in National Level HIV Programs and Policies. NYC, NY, UNDP. (Primary Author of Guidelines Chapter, South Asia case study, Argentina Case Study, Coordinating editor).

Primary or Sole Author
May, 2015. “Strengthening Non-Traditional Income Generation Programming for Young Women” in Shattering Stereotypes: Non-Traditional Job Paths for Young Women. NYC. NY. Empower: the Emerging Markets Foundation. Substantive contributions to introductory chapter of tool kit based on mapping, expert interviews and reviews of the literatures. http://www.empowerweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/EMpower-NTIG-Resource-Kit_FINAL.pdf

September, 2014. A Framework for Applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Prevent Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: How Can Human Rights Help? Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. The International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, secretariat SAHAYOG. Primary Author with editorial input from the IIMMHR network. http:// www.righttomaternalhealth.in/resource/A-Framework-for-Applying-HRBA

September, 2014. “The Concept and Practice of Sexuality Education in Africa” in Confronting the challenge of reproductive health in Africa: a textbook for students and development practitioners. Edited by Friday E. Okonofua. Boca Raton, Florida, Brown Walker Press. Primary author with co-author Adenike Esiet.

September, 2012 (Web-based)/ December, 2012 (hardcopy). “Integrating Interventions on Maternal mortality and morbidity and HIV: A Human Rights-based Framework and Approach” in Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 14, no. 2 (2012). Co-author with Susana Fried, Brianna Harrison, Tiana O’Konek, and Kelly Starcevich. http://www.hhrjournal.org/index.php/hhr/article/view/512/776

May, 2012. Reproductive Health in Northern Nigeria: The Collaboration between Action Health Incorporated and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Lagos Nigeria. Action Health Incorporated. (Primary Author).

2011. A Promise to Keep: Supporting Out-of-School Adolescent Girls to Reach Their Potential. Lagos, Nigeria. Action Health Incorporated. Primary author. (Also edited scripts for four advocacy-focused films based on case study) http://actionhealthinc.org/publications/report.html

2011. Policy Brief: A Promise to Keep Empowering Out-of-School Adolescent Girls in Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria. Action Health Incorporated. Primary Author. http://actionhealthinc.org/publications/report.html

2009. It’s All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education. NYC, NY. The Population Council. Co-author with Nicole Haberland, Deborah Rogow, Ofelia Aguil

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English, French, Spanish, KiSwahili
    Nationality:
    United States
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