Gita Honwana Welch is an independent consultant on international development. Between 2011 and 2013 she was director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Center for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal.
Prior to this, she served as UNDP country director in Angola (2006-10), and as director of the Democratic Governance Group at UNDP in New York.
Honwana Welch has extensive knowledge and hands on experience in restoring justice systems in post conflict situations, both in her native Mozambique, and in East Timor, where she served as minister of justice during the UN led transition (2000-01).
With over 20 years’ experience in international development, Honwana Welch has been a panellist and presenter in several global and regional conferences and workshops.
She received her Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York and her D.Phil from Oxford University (Wolfson College).
Areas of expertise
- International human rights
- Rule of law and access to justice
- Governance, public policy and institutional development
- Post-conflict transitions
|2011-13||Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Service Center for West and Central Africa (based in Dakar, Senegal)|
|2006-10||Country Director, UNDP, Angola|
|2001-06||Practice Leader and Director of Democratic Governance, UNDP, New York|
- Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia Research paper 8 September 2017
- Sierra Leone’s Response to the Ebola Outbreak: Management Strategies and Key Responder Experiences Research paper 31 March 2017