Jane Backhurst

Jane Backhurst

Senior adviser, humanitarian policy and advocacy
Christian Aid

Jane Backhurst, senior adviser, humanitarian policy and advocacy at Christian Aid, previously worked in the Red Cross, UN, EU/ECHO, and NGOs in countries affected by conflict and severe poverty, in operational, senior management, advocacy, and community protection roles. Influenced by experience in humanitarian responses in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Liberia, Palestine and many others, she continues to help shape the humanitarian system.

She believes in the power of local and international alliances to shape this reform: she has set up NGOs and NGO coalitions, is active on Bond’s humanitarian group, and has served on several boards, including VOICE, the European humanitarian aid network. But she believes it is the renewed and emphatic focus on local leadership and the respect of international law that will make current reform efforts powerful.