Valsa has strong development economics sector specific expertise in:
- Health economics (reproductive maternal and child health, malaria, tropical diseases, HIV, nutrition)
- Environmental economics (climate change in particular, water, conservation agriculture)
- Economics of education
- Macroeconomic growth and livelihoods
- Industrial economics – UK competition policy, UK telecoms regulation market mechanisms and incentives based instrument design
- cost benefit analysis, social return on investment, cost effectiveness analysis, design and options appraisals.
Value for Money…
Valsa is one the world’s thought leaders in VFM analysis within the development field, her focus is bringing out the value element of programmes during M&E by bringing in the cost dimension to evaluations and programme design choices.
Recent and current consultancies include:
- M&E full-time team in country leader on the Climate Resilience and Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) in 2013 to 2014 based in South Africa.
- Current VFM adviser to the ongoing DFID Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme
- Current VFM adviser for the evaluation of the DFID Bangladesh child nutrition programme
- Current VFM adviser of the independent real time evaluation of the DFID Disaster, Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP)
- VFM assessment of the Northern Kenya cash transfers programme
- VFM assessment of the DFAT $0.5bn Education Partnership in Indonesia (2014)
- SIDA and ICRC value for money guidance note (2013)
- DFID Infrastructure professional cadre – VFM guidance note for infrastructure programmes – (Co-author 2012)Measure Maximize VfM in Infrastructure ASI
- DFID Southern Africa – Africa climate change programmes VFM metrics – focusing on energy sector programmes including renewables infrastructure, mitigation for on and off grid solutions and adaptation (2011)
- Contribution to DFID cash transfers VFM guidance paper
- DFID Afghanistan: VFM metrics for education, livelihoods and governance programmes for their internal strategy on VFM.