The Board of Directors of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Mealins as the new Head of Programme of the DGF Programme Management Unit (PMU).

Helen brings to the DGF more than twenty years of experience, firmly grounded in supporting social policy and economic sector reforms in developed and developing countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. An accomplished bilateral aid programme director, she has planned and strategically managed the successful implementation of regional and country development assistance programmes on behalf of development agencies, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission (EC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

“I am delighted to be joining the DGF team, and to have the opportunity to lead the already successful DGF through its next phase of implementation. I am looking forward to attending our Annual Conference this week, and to learning from our DGF partner civil society organisations and state institutions about their plans to achieve our shared vision of a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Uganda.”

Helen is an accountant and Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). She additionally holds qualifications in: Public Finance and Leadership (PDPFL); Development Finance (MSc); Business Administration (MBA); and Agriculture (BSc).

Her technical expertise includes public sector public sector and civil service reform, public financial management, organizational development and African regional economic Intergration. She has a strong track record in working across boundaries and at the highest political levels to support partner governments, voluntary sector and private sector organizations to collectively meet their poverty reduction goals and institutional development objectives.