About Sarah Blin, Partage Consulting’s founder
In partnership with citizens and organisations in over a dozen countries, I have worked for many non-governmental organisations in emergency and in development programmes in the past 25 years. With senior management roles, I had the space to push for approaches that address the deeper factors that leave some in unacceptable poverty and that perpetuate policy choices that make societies unequal and deprive citizens of opportunities.
My journey started in war-torn Burundi where I managed two unique programmes that were fully embedded in the national health and social service provision, challenging the dominant approach to stand alone foreign-led programming.
Later, I was at the heart of the decentralisation reform in Mozambique and ensured that the voice of communities could be a full part of planning and budgeting choices and created bridges with the first post-war conversations on social protection reform.
In Nepal, I brought together the main actors on social protection to better grasp the issues and gaps in universal social protection for persons with disabilities.
In Zimbabwe, I led a major digital cash plus programme and established the necessary linkages with nutrition and child protection programming.
In Kenya, I supported social workers in ultra-poor urban dwellings to bring forward their experience as part of discussions on early childhood development and prevention of violent extremism.
Across West Africa, I supported the strengthening of the care workforce to address the gaps in supporting people living with disabilities.
I believe that the benefits for the most vulnerable come when we fully grasp complexities (multi-sector, multi-actor, multi-subsidiarity). Universal social protection is a game changer for lower income countries and for the way in which we design ‘aid ‘programmes. That change will happen if connections with other care and support services are made and continuity in support along the lifecycle is organised. It will happen if good governance across the sector is in place.
My expertise is also built on the continuous learning that accompanied my practice: public health, public policy and administration, migration, social protection policy. I keep up to date with the latest research and publications on these issues. This is a field that is constantly evolving, and I am avid hunter of the ‘approaches that work’.
Sarah Blin's abridged resume
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A social policy expert, bringing over 20 years of development and humanitarian practice as a leader of large teams in complex environments, I have served to provide guidance and support to country teams to form strategic alliances with national partners, to influence programme plans and strategies; to develop capacity; to enhance financial resources, to advocate for change; and represented organisations’ goals and strategies with high-level donor and government officials. Areas of expertise include: social protection, social work, disability, mother and child health, resilience, gender, education, protection.
Terre des hommes
2018 – 2019
Save the Children
Association of International NGOs
Desk Officer LAC, WSA
2008 – 2012
Deputy Desk Officer
2008 – 2008
2006 – 2007
Assistant Country Director
2003 – 2006
Emergency Response Director
Health and Education Field Officer
2001 – 2002
2000 – 2001
African Great Lakes
1999 – 1999
Research Associate Food Systems and Gender
1996, 1995, 1993
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London, 1997 – 1998
Master of Science (MSc) in Development Studies (Economics, Agronomy) ISTOM, 1993 – 1997 (combined BSc/MSc program)
Certificate in Circular Economy, TU Delft, Netherlands, 2019
Certificate in International Labour Migration, Oxford University, London, 2016
Diploma in Social Protection, International Labour Organisation International Training Centre, Turin, 2014
Diploma in Public Policy and Management, School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London, 2006
Diploma in Public Health in Complex Emergencies, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2001
Training of trainers (CCI, France), Developmental Facilitation (CDRA, RSA) Management in NGOs (The Management Centre, UK), Rights based programming (HREA), Conflict resolution (CECI), Security and Risk Management Training (Act Alliance), Humanitarian Practice and Principles (Concern), Leading for high performance (Save the children), Feminist leadership (Oxfam)
French; English; Portuguese; Nepali; Spanish; Italian; German
Member of ICSW; Board member of GE2P2 Global Foundation