SALO board member Charmaine Williamson was officially awarded a Doctorate in the strategic decision- making processes of Official Development Assistance (ODA) within South Africa and with a view to South Africa’s potential ODA engagements on the continent.
She has worked intensively in the ODA field, with particular specialisation in the field of European Union and South African partnerships. She has lectured Executive and Human Resource Development as well as Strategy at business schools and was the Director of the Conflict and Governance Facility, a partnership project of South Africa and the European Union that specialised in policy-related conflict and governance research within the spheres of National, Provincial and Local Government in South Africa, and also within SADC and the continent. Charmaine was Deputy Director for International Relations and Special Projects at the Eastern Cape Legislature and worked on the Parliamentary Support Programme as funded by the EU, which specialised in projects in support of the Speaker’s Manifesto and the Strategy of the Legislature. She also has worked as a technical assistant to the Pan African Parliament, the National Treasury and Presidency of South Africa as well as the South African Netherlands Research Programme for Alternatives in Development. She has presented at a number of international conferences around ODA models and parliamentary process in South Africa. Her work experience extends into Ethiopia where she manages a block release Academic Programme for Doctoral Candidates.