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Project Management Director, West and Central Africa and Haiti Jeff Ratcliffe

Jeff Ratcliffe is an adaptation and resilience expert with more than 20 years of experience, including 10 years as country director or chief of party on USAID and other donor-funded activities in West Africa. He currently serves as a director in Chemonics home office. Prior to this he served as the chief of party on the USAID Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity. His expertise includes establishing robust M&E systems, building capacity through grants, and working with and through local counterparts in insecure and rural areas. Before joining Chemonics, he served as the country director for the Niger portfolio at Helen Keller International. Prior to that, he served as country director for the USAID/OFDA-funded Response, Recovery, and Resiliency in Mali project, which targeted more than 90,000 food-insecure beneficiaries.  Jeff has worked in Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. He has managed grants funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC and private foundations, and backstopped grants carrying out work in the Philippines, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guinea, and the Gambia. A former Niger Peace Corps Volunteer, Jeff holds a M.A. in humanitarian services administration from the University of Connecticut, and a M.P.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Utah.

by Jeff Ratcliffe

Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust

This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…

Where Are the Barriers? Studying Climate Change Adaptation in Mali

Climate change makes life even harder for subsistence farmers and marginal populations. In the development field, we need to learn how to address tangible problems that block adoption of improved mechanisms. USAID’s Climate Change Adaptation Activity (CCAA) in Mali — a two-year intervention in the Mopti Region — has such an opportunity. In conjunction with…