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Technical Director Dr. Jennifer Swift-Morgan

Jennifer Swift-Morgan is an education and governance specialist with nearly 20 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating innovative projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her expertise includes education quality reform, particularly for early grade reading; family and citizen engagement in learning; accountable governance; assets-based analysis; and adaptive programming. Dr. Swift-Morgan has previously worked for aid agencies and non-governmental organizations, including USAID, KfW Development Bank, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Education Development Center, and National Democratic Institute. Based in Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti regional business unit, Dr. Swift-Morgan serves as technical director of USAID’s All Children Reading project in Senegal and works to advance the learning agenda of the company’s Education and Youth Practice. She is also a member of Chemonics’ Center for Politically Informed Programming, advising on the design and implementation of initiatives by thinking and working politically. Dr. Swift-Morgan holds a doctorate in international education policy from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and is fluent in French and Pulaar.

by Dr. Jennifer Swift-Morgan

3 Questions with Jennifer Swift-Morgan on Supporting Cameroonian Scholars

Education and governance specialist Jennifer Swift-Morgan serves as technical director for the USAID All Children Reading project in Senegal and is a founding member of Chemonics’ Center for Politically Informed Programming. She was recently selected for a Fulbright award in Cameroon, where she will work with graduate students and university faculty in Yaoundé. Sponsored by…

Politics Matter: How Implementers Can Do Development Differently

It makes intuitive sense at many levels: power and politics matter. We know this to be true in our own hometowns, organizations, or governments: different formal and informal alliances, power imbalances, and motivators — stemming from kinship or affinity, party politics, economic interests, cultural ties, race and gender relations, and other informal systems — determine…

Making Schools Safe Across the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Overheard at a recent workshop: “Girls who are having sex with their teachers need to be coached to make better choices.” A debate ensued. Do they? Is that really a choice they are making? Or is it the teachers who need to change their behavior, school administration that needs to be part of the solution,…