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About Jonathan Levine

Jonathan is an independent consultant, researcher and writer, helping both funders and implementers of international development initiatives to better understand and improve the impact of their investments.

Jonathan draws on broad experience and a passion for improving the lives of disadvantaged people and communities. As a former business journalist and manager, he brings an extensive track record in qualitative and quantitative analysis, key informant interviewing skills, performance measurement and project management. When necessary, he also engages colleagues with subject matter expertise, evaluation design, communications and other complementary skills. Our goal is to deliver high quality management and strategic support to both funders and implementers of social investments, through unbiased reporting, objective analysis and actionable advice.

For example, at the London-based Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Jonathan managed a $27 million portfolio of child health program grants to such organizations as the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative and the Global AIDS Alliance. As Global Portfolio Manager, he provided strategic guidance to strengthen impact, monitored performance and assessed field operations of programs focused on pediatric HIV treatment throughout Africa and India; prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Malawi and Lesotho; health care system strengthening in rural Ethiopia; and maternal/child health advocacy campaigns in six African countries.

In short-and long-term consulting assignments, Jonathan has assessed, documented and advised numerous Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives around the world, including a four-country anti-corruption program for the Merck Foundation, a global supply-chain management initiative  for Starbucks Coffee Co., a girls' education program in Malawi for UBS Optimus Foundation,,and a landmark volunteer program supporting capacity-building of African and Asian NGOs for Pfizer Inc.

Many funders and corporations have also relied on Jonathan for management and strategic support. For the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, he provided analysis of the impact of a portfolio of pediatric HIV and PMTCT grants. For ELMA Philanthropies, he developed a landscape analysis and study of key drivers in the field of Water/Sanitation/Hygiene in Africa. For the Fidelity Investments Foundation, he developed contribution strategies in child health in India and NGO capacity-building in Japan. Pfizer's Asian business unit engaged him to assess the company's relief response to the 2004 Asian tsunami to guide future humanitarian relief strategies. He also assisted the senior management of a global consumer products company in understanding and correcting internal missteps resulting in an international advocacy campaign against it. 

Jonathan equally works directly with NGOs and shared value partnerships to augment their management capacity. He serves as the Zimbabwe Program Adviser for Wild4Life, an NGO that teams up with local organizations to bring health services to the remotest corners of Africa. He also provides Monitoring & Evaluation, fundraising and other support to Health and Education Training (HEAT) in Africa, a civil society partnership that builds the education and skills of Community Health Workers in developing countries.

Jonathan is a former business journalist for Business Week Magazine, which he served as San Francisco Bureau Chief and Paris-based European Technology Correspondent. He won individual or team reporting awards from the U.S. National Press Awards and the National Computer Press Association. His case studies on international development and CSR issues have been published by the UN Global Compact, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New York TImes, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Ethical Corporation and others.

During the dot.com boom years, Jonathan also had management responsibility for starting up and/or running the editorial operations for news and information websites for AT&T New Media, Lycos, and Delphi Internet--all achieving monthly audience growth in the double-digits during his tenure. He holds degrees in Political Science and Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and lives in the Boston, MA, area with his family.



Reporting in Ethiopia

On Peru's Altiplano

School in Papua New Guinea
Top: Reporting in Ethiopia
Middle: On Peru's Altiplano
Bottom: School in Papua New Guinea

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