Jane Carter is Coordinator, Gender and Social Equity for Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. She nevertheless started her professional life as a forester, graduating in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from Oxford University. Having chosen this discipline with the intention of working in international development, she first sought practical forestry experience – in Kenya and then Sri Lanka, plus some months in Australia.
Doctoral research followed; aiming to better understand the perspective of people experiencing development interventions, she spent a total 18 months living in a remote Nepali village. The village has since become somewhat less remote and more developed: see www.surikokura.org. Four years working for the Overseas Development Institute in London was halted by a family move to Switzerland in 1995.
Jane began working for the Swiss NGO Intercooperation in 1997, specialising in community forestry and participatory approaches to natural resource management. This included three years based in India in the mid-2000s. When Helvetas and Intercooperation merged in 2011, she took up the challenge of her current post.
Read her detailed CV.