Isabel Litwin-Davies

Policy and Research

I have had a passion for social development in Africa from a young age. This started when I was 16 and volunteered for a project to build new classrooms for the Moshono Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania. Because of this experience, I started my own non-profit organisation, Project Penda, which has now provided support to the Moshono school for over 13 years.

After finishing high school in Canada, I did my BA in Development and African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK and then went on to complete a MSc in Global Health at Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

After finishing my MSc, I worked for several non-profits and other organisations that are involved with development work in LMICs, such as the  Health Systems Policy Research Group at the Karolinska Institute where I supported their research projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

I spent several years completing my own research on International Aid effectiveness of global health donors on Health Systems Strengthening with Malaria prevention in Zanzibar. I have also worked for The UNFPA and UN organisations across Eastern Europe and parts of Central Asia as a consultant and researcher assessing health sector capacity assessments for cancer screening.