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Richard Edwards

Senior Technical Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

With over 30 years' experience in international development, including corporate governance and organisational change, monitoring, evaluation and learning, community and participatory development, strategic planning, social development, governance and programme management, Richard leads IMC's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.

Richard brings particular skills on inclusion and diversity, participatory impact assessment, community development and programme design, appraisal and management. He has applied this in diverse sectors covering livelihoods, social development, water and sanitation, and infrastructure development.

Before joining IMC, Richard was Deputy Head/Acting Head of the Evaluation team at the UK Department for International Development, where he ensured effective support, rigour, reporting and uptake on DFID evaluations. 

Prior to this, Richard represented the UK as a Board Director at the Asian Development Bank where he contributed to ADB’s corporate governance, supported oversight of the Independent Evaluation Department, chaired the Compliance Review Committee, and analysed and approved loans and policies. 

Before taking on this role, he worked for DIFD as Deputy Head of Programmes in Uganda for three years and as Senior Social Development Advisor covering Southeast Asia for four years. Previously, he worked for the British Council for three years as Director of Gender and Social Development and then Director of Governance and Social Development.

Richard started his career as an agriculturalist in Southern Africa and South Asia during which time he developed extensive experiences testing extension advice with farmers. Richard also set up and managed a UK NGO in Pakistan and worked as a freelance facilitator and moderator.

Richard worked on long-term assignments in Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Pakistan, Thailand (covering Southeast Asia) and the Philippines (covering Asia and the Pacific). Short-term assignments covered countries across Asia, Africa, West Asia, Latin America, Mediterranean and East and Central Europe. Work in the UK has involved providing support to global activities for DFID.

Richard has worked extensively with DFID but also for the Swiss Government and a Multilateral Development Bank (ADB), in the NGO sector and as a freelance consultant.

Qualifications

  • MA Economics (Social Policy). IDPM Manchester (UK)
  • MAgric Sci. Tropical Agriculture and Development, Reading University (UK)
  • BSc. Hons. Agricultural and Botany, Reading University (UK)