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 Director of Impact, Nepal 



Carolyn O’Donnell brings more than 16 years of experience in management, monitoring, and evaluation (M&E), learning, and knowledge management to her position with The Asia Foundation as director of Impact. Carolyn provides strategic leadership in designing an innovative impact strategy and measurement system, communicating impact, implementing comprehensive M&E, research, and learning plans, and facilitating evidence-based learning to improve adaptive management and decision-making processes. She established the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) team in Nepal in 2019 and provided on-the-job training and mentoring to MERL specialists to build their skills in data quality, analysis, and use, as well as research, monitoring, and evaluation design. She has supported diverse development sector portfolios during her time at the Foundation, including governance, small grants, civil society, and data governance.

Before joining the Foundation, Carolyn worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning fellow through the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Project for USAID. She spent four years in the USAID Nepal Mission as a fellow, supporting the Democracy and Governance Office, the Social, Environmental, and Economic Development Office, and the program office to strengthen monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems and processes. Prior to that, she worked with Winrock International as an M&E advisor. She started her career in M&E in 2008 at the Centre for Development and Population Activities, working on women’s empowerment and reproductive health.

Education: Carolyn O’Donnell holds a master’s degree in International Development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from Grinnell College. She has worked in 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She speaks English, French, and Nepali.