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David Fleming


David Fleming leads Itad’s work on monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) in fragile and conflict-affected environments. He has 15 years of experience in supporting governments and multilateral agencies to make evidence-informed decisions about how to deliver the greatest impact in conflict and crisis settings. He is experienced in designing, conducting and leading reviews and evaluations of programmes and strategies focusing on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, preventing violent extremism, humanitarian assistance and refugee protection. He is also experienced in designing and delivering MERL systems for complex programmes, including developing theories of change, results frameworks and value for money frameworks. David leads Itad’s MERL work with the UK CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund).

He is currently Team Leader for the CSSF Africa MERL Partner, supporting programme teams across East and West Africa to measure the effect of a whole-of-government approach to tackling conflict and instability. He is Project Director for a four-year contract with the Home Office to provide MERL support to the Global Serious and Organised Crime portfolio. He also oversees and has directed a number of our refugee and humanitarian evaluations including the inter-agency humanitarian evaluation of the global response to Covid-19, an evaluation of UNHCR’s engagement in situations of internal displacement, an evaluation of ICRC’s approach to partnership for strategic humanitarian impact, and the award-winning evaluation of the coverage and quality of UNICEF’s humanitarian response.

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