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Joanna Friedman

Joanna Friedman, Food Security & Livelihoods Advisor
Joanna Friedman, Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor

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Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor


New York, NY

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Food Security & Livelihoods


Joanna began her international career as a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal, where she studied microfinance. She subsequently worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Central African Republic to support national microfinance networks. She moved into monitoring, evaluation and program work with Mercy Corps in Darfur, South Sudan, and Haiti before joining Oxfam GB’s humanitarian support team as a food security and livelihoods specialist, managing urban response and recovery activities and co leading the Livelihoods Working Group for the Haiti earthquake, followed by interagency coordination of cash based interventions after election violence in Ivory Coast. 

Her most recent fieldwork focused on expanding cash and market based food security interventions for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. 

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course: College Course, (July 2013), Boston, MA (Harvard)

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