Benefit from Jessica's experience working at the intersection of technology and international development in more than 13 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
AFGHANISTAN: Led team of 3 local staff to introduce SMS marketing for business to agricultural input wholesalers in Eastern and Central Afghanistan. Compared technology solutions, identified pain points in business processes, and developed educational materials and training for replication. Early results demonstrate 8-15% increase in sales by wholesalers and 79% customer satisfaction among Afghan farmers receiving SMS.
ZAMBIA: Identified potential business models, partnerships and investment opportunities to establish a commercially viable mobile platform for disseminating market, climate, and agricultural information to smallholder farmers. Findings and recommendations informed International Finance Corporation (IFC) investment strategy in Zambia.
KENYA: Provided ongoing advisory as Sisi ni Amani established and launched an SMS service that grew to 65,000 subscribers in under 2 years. Provided guidance on implementation strategy, supported partnership development with organizations such as Safaricom and PopTech! and advised on the successful transition of the service to an established NGO for longterm growth.
CAMBODIA: Provides strategic direction to $7.4 million USAID-funded Development Innovations project and design consultations to more than 30 local Cambodian NGOs on content development, social media strategies, technology selection and how to use networks to promote widespread adoption of new tools and services in urban and rural Cambodia. Facilitates collaboration with private sector initiatives including Internet.org by Facebook and Mozilla App Maker that have run events and trainings to increase use of their tools by tech companies and civil society.
LEBANON: Conducted high-level market research for agricultural apps in Lebanon as well as defined and prioritized requirements for a smartphone app to support apple farmers. Identified potential developers, content providers and provided recommendations on ideal partners for longterm management and business sustainability.
JORDAN: Provided policy and programmatic recommendations to improve women’s participation in Jordan’s ICT, clean tech and health care workforce. Recommendations spanned government policy & legal reforms, education, finance and social norms and are being implemented by the USAID-funded Jordan Competitiveness Project implemented by DAI.
SIERRA LEONE: Researched how rural communities get information and designed integrated information services and marketing campaign to increase women and girls' access to legal knowledge. Project design includes a radio drama, legal advice hotline and grassroots outreach. Project garnered $2.5 million in funding from DFID and established partnerships with Airtel, BBC Media Action and Nomati, a local NGO that offers legal services.
AFGHANISTAN: Conducted extensive stakeholder interviews and co-facilitated focus groups with Afghan women to identify and recommend products, services and interventions that could improve women’s ability to participate in the economy at livelihoods, employee, and business-owner levels. Findings are influencing how USAID spends $200 million on womens empowerment programming.