Jason Olson

Director of Governance and Accountability, GRM International

Jason Olson is Director of Governance and Accountability for GRM International. He is responsible for a £60 million portfolio of governance and civil society support programmes in Africa, Asia and the Pacific focusing on decentralisation, civil society support, elections and political processes, voice and accountability, gender equity and social inclusion, legislative reform, rule of law and justice sector reform with considerable experience working in fragile and conflict affected environments. Jason is a policy and institutional reform specialist with experience in public administration reform; policy development; capacity building; developing budget systems; and legal reforms. He has designed and implemented reforms on behalf of DFID, USAID, the World Bank, the EC and several other multilateral and bi-lateral donors. In South Africa he worked with Parliamentary leaders to develop the institutions and mechanisms enabling Parliament’s greater participation and oversight of the national budget, which concluded in a new legislative budget process and the granting Parliament the power to amend the budget. Jason has worked extensively in fragile states, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan where is oversaw projects focusing on centre of government reform, public financial management, economic policy, humanitarian relief, security sector reform and counter narcotics policy. He is a qualified lawyer and practiced government reform and administrative law in the United States. Jason graduated the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and continued at Berkeley to complete his Juris Doctor in 2000. He also earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2000.