We are pleased to announce the election of Dr Marie Moland Gaarder as Co-chair of the Campbell International Development Coordinating Group (IDCG). She joins Professor Peter Tugwell as Co-chair, and will work closely with Hugh Sharma Waddington, former Co-chair and co-founder of IDCG.
Marie is director of the evaluation office and global director for innovation and country engagement at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). She has over 18 years’ experience managing operational and research projects with a development focus. Prior to joining 3ie, she was a manager in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. She has also worked as the director of the evaluation department at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, where she was in charge of independent evaluation of programmes and activities financed by the Norwegian aid budget.
Marie previously served as the deputy executive director of 3ie and as a senior social development economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, specialising in social protection and health programs in Central America. She has published on a range development topics such as cash transfer programmes, environmental health, evaluation in fragile and conflict-affected states, the institutionalisation of government evaluation, evidence gap maps, and the use of evidence in decisionmaking.
Marie holds a PhD in Economics from University College London, an MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and a graduate degree (Cand. Mag.) in Political Science, Arabic and Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway.
In her candidacy statement, Marie wrote that throughout her career she has been dedicated to advancing the use, production and promotion of rigorous evidence to inform what works in development. As IDCG Co-chair, she aims to build demand for the group’s services and to promote innovations in methods and ways of engaging with stakeholders and wider audiences.