Besinati Mpepo

Senior Policy Adviser, World Vision International

Besinati Mpepo is World Vision International’s Senior Policy Adviser for Social Accountability. With a passion for citizen voice and local accountability, she leads World Vision’s policy engagement on national and sub national accountability for the Post 2015 development framework and social accountability in donor strategies.

From 2000 to 2007, Besinati was the first Executive Director of the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) network in Zambia, responsible for coordinating Zambian civil society input to the country’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy and follow on national development plans and was instrumental in promoting citizen and CSO engagement in monitoring and accountability for national development policy. In 2007 Besinati joined World Vision UK, leading their Economic Justice and local level advocacy work (including social accountability through World Vision’s Citizen Voice and Action) and in 2010 led the Child Health Unit, coordinating World Vision UK’s Maternal and Child Health programmes and policy work (including support for the World Vision Child Health Now campaign). More recently, Besinati led World Vision UKs Programme Policy Unit, a technical unit within the Policy and Public affairs team and championed best practice approaches to Social Accountability, Child Protection and Maternal and Child Health,including linking programmatic evidence to policy.She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a M.A in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town.