About the author

About the author: Mareike Schomerus

Mareike Schomerus is Vice President at Busara. Formerly, she was Director of Programme Politics and Governance at ODI in London, and Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), also at ODI. 

You can find out more about Mareike at www.mareikeschomerus.org

Afterword by Stephanie Buell and Mareike Schomerus

Stephanie Buell is a seasoned practitioner of international development and humanitarian operations. Having started her career in the field of election administration and civic education in francophone West Africa, she kept this governance lens in her future work in humanitarian assistance as a member of Save the Children’s emergency response team. In this time, Stephanie had a chance to contribute to project design, implementation, and evaluations in many different contexts in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Taking this knowledge with her, she then joined ODI to manage the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, leading her to eventually become ODI’s first ever Policy & Practice advisor. In this role, her main focus was on the ways in which development practitioners can better integrate research and evidence into decision-making, and how we can work to truly act on feedback from programme constituents to increase our impact. Stephanie is currently the Country Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Cameroon, where she leads a team of more than 350 staff who respond to humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations across conflict zones in the country. 

Postface by Mareike Schomerus and Marcus Langley

Marcus Langley is an independent research and policy engagement consultant with over five years’ experience working on humanitarian and international development issues. He has worked with and advised UN Agencies, governments, the European Union, and several international think-tanks and NGOs. His research experience includes humanitarian inclusion; post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding; evaluating the impact of humanitarian programmes and research; and natural resource extraction. Most recently, he provided technical assistance to the European Union Representative Office in Jerusalem to support improved development effectiveness in Palestine. Marcus holds a MSc (Distinction) in Global Politics from Birkbeck, University of London.