Don Brown

Don Brown is a founding Director of IWEL. Don has over 35 years’ experience in the water sector, incorporating skills in engineering, business management, the environment, results based management, evaluative methodologies and economics. After initial work in engineering (including design, planning and implementation in the water sector) during the last 15 years he has concentrated on the institutional and delivery aspects of appropriate development methodologies including monitoring, verification and evaluation. He has established M&E systems for both WASH and water resources programmes in Africa & Asia, and has led several international multi-disciplinary monitoring, verification and evaluation studies, such as the mid-term evaluation of the African Development Bank’s 5 year 100 million Euro Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative. He has considerable experience on setting up and leading teams on monitoring, impact evaluation and learning as well as on knowledge and research management. He has facilitated and delivered work on aid delivery mechanisms, particularly in the water and infrastructure domain; including sector wide approaches, aid effectiveness, performance management, value for money and project cycle management.

Don has considerable DFID experience having worked as a consultant to the senior DFID water resources advisor over a period of some 8 years and has also worked on policy advice for the World Bank and AfDB. His recent work as Team Leader of the Monitoring and Verification team for DFID's Global WASH payment by results programme, and on assisting the establishment of M&E for the WASH sector in SADC means he is aware of the difficulties and challenges of the measurement of progress and sustainability in the WASH sector both in the 2015 and post-2015 MDGs. He has carried out evaluation studies on water resources and water supply and sanitation projects; rural infrastructure; knowledge and research programmes, and coordinated and advised on IWRM projects worldwide. Don also has worked as a facilitator and as a lecturer. He is experienced in the use of the theory of change, value for money, logical frameworks and has wide ranging experience and a thorough understanding of the water sector and its needs, essential to achieving results and ensuring satisfactory outcomes.

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