HPI Director – Gender, sexual reproductive health and rights
Georgia Taylor has more than 15 years experience in international development, specialising in gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including work on women’s economic empowerment and violence against women and girls (VAWG). Between 1998 and 2007 she held a variety of senior positions for the Department for International Development, UK, (DFID) including head of DFID’s Central American Office (2001 – 2003) and was team leader on the Reproductive and Child Health policy team (2005 – 2007). Since 2007, Georgia’s consultancy work has focused on SRHR, especially safe abortion and maternal health, women’s economic empowerment, gender and VAWG. An experienced team leader of evaluations, reviews, qualitative research, training, strategy and policy and programme design work, she also has experience in assessment and improvement of value for money in health projects. She is currently a Director of WISE Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Health Partners International.
Background and relevant experience
Georgia began her career in the private sector and then as a private sector adviser, specialising in gender, for DFID. She later specialised in SRHR and maternal health. Her work in Central America and South Asia involved high level expertise and extensive knowledge of international and national policy work, donor coordination and aid architecture.
Georgia has excellent experience of evaluating programmes and in developing evaluation methodologies – being a co-author of “Evaluation Approaches to Women and Girls’ Economic Empowerment” for ODI/DFID. Her qualitative research experience includes a study of economic obstacles and opportunities for women and girls in northern Nigeria. She led the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) DFID PPA mid–term evaluation across three countries as well as Ipas’ regional African safe abortion programme. She also designed methodology to assess the value of IPPF’s SRHR counselling services.
Georgia was the lead consultant on the annual review of the UK Global Health Strategy implementation in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. She led a multi–country evaluation on the impact that DFID funding has on organisations and projects, assessing value for money.
She is the co–author of the Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund (MNH RAF) Gender and Social Exclusion strategy in Pakistan and has written numerous business case studies for DFID on (amongst others) projects to increase female health workers in northern Nigeria and maternal health, safe abortion and family planning for Marie Stopes International and Ipas in Africa and Asia. Georgia has undertaken research and gender analysis to develop DFID’s Women’s Financial Inclusion Kit.
Georgia has worked in Bolivia, Columbia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Zambia.
Selected Publications, presentations and reports
Georgia Taylor (2015) ‘Why Health Policy and Programming must respond to the reality of women’s lives’