Coram International is made up of a dedicated team of lawyers, socio-legal researchers and project management experts. Our specialist consultants have a wide range of professional backgrounds, bringing diverse expertise and critical skill sets to our projects. Our team has worked across the globe on numerous child rights projects with our consultants having acted as trusted advisors to governments, development agencies, communities and non-government organisations.
The Coram International team also work with a number of associated consultants who are current or former practitioners, and experts in their respective fields. These consultants include judges, prosecutors, social workers, police officers and prison officers.
Coram also has an extensive pool of national consultants around the world that we collaborate with for our projects. These dedicated consultants provide additional in-depth local and regional knowledge to each project we work on.
Senior International Researcher
Charlie Kabanga has 16 years of in-depth experience of Monitoring and Evaluation and research in the international development sector. She has covered a broad range of contexts through field-based roles across Central, Southern and East Africa, as well as UK-based roles and consultancy experience involving frequent evaluation travel in Africa and Asia.
Charlie holds an MSc in Social Research from Birkbeck University of London, an MA in International Development from Brandeis University in the US and a BA in Rural Development from Institut Supérieur de Development Rural in D.R. Congo. Her experience includes participatory and results-based M&E and research using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. In her previous evaluation and research work, she has used descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, content analysis, panel data analysis, quasi-experimental design, time series and thematic analysis; as well as various qualitative methods including focus group discussions, life stories and key informant interviews. Charlie has extensive experience designing and managing research studies, evaluations and assessments for INGOs, national NGOs and UN Agencies in over 12 countries.
Charlie has also served as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager for All We Can (formerly Methodist Relief and Development Fund) in the UK leading on all M&E, learning and capacity development activities for All We Can and its partners. Previously Charlie oversaw and implemented M&E processes including development of Theories of Change, verification and learning frameworks, systems and tools within complex, multi-year development programmes at field roles in Uganda, Malawi, Chad and D.R. Congo with Oxfam, GOAL, CORD and Food for the Hungry.
Charlie is fluent in French and Kiswahili as well as English.
Mixed Methods Research Specialist
Sophie Hedges is a social researcher with experience of mixed methods research with children across a variety of settings. She has a PhD in Demography, an MSc in Demography and Health, and a BA in Anthropology. Her PhD thesis investigated the trade-offs between school, work and leisure for children in two villages in north-western Tanzania. The project resulted in several peer-reviewed publications on education, child labour, and fostering in Tanzania. During her research Sophie used advanced statistical methods including multi-level regression and time series analysis, as well as qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews and focus groups.
Sophie has also worked at the Department for Education, designing and commissioning research projects, and providing support in translating research and evaluation findings into policy-relevant recommendations. She also completed a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, writing a research briefing for MPs on the effects of parental alcohol misuse on children. Sophie has previously worked in monitoring and evaluation for Camfed International, a charity supporting girls to access education in countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Sophie joined Coram International in July 2019 and specialises in designing and implementing mixed methods research projects.
International Research Assistant
Rosalie holds a first class honours degree in Law with Australian Law from King’s College London, with the third year of her degree spent at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015, she was awarded the TV Edwards Criminal Law prize for achieving the highest mark in the King’s College London criminal law exams. Alongside her studies, Rosalie volunteered as a student mentor at a homework club for refugee and migrant children in London. She also spent time in northern France, helping to organise and distribute donations for asylum seekers and migrants on the outskirts of Calais.
After graduating, Rosalie interned as part of the legal protection team at UNHCR UK where she was responsible for a range of protection related duties and tasks. She undertook independent research into issues relevant to domestic and international asylum legislation, policy and practice, including in particular the situation of asylum seeking victims of trafficking and unaccompanied and separated refugee children in the UK.
Rosalie joined Coram International in August 2019 and supports the work of the Centre as International Research Assistant.
Project Management Assistant
Jemima holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to her studies, she also undertook an academic year at Queens University, Canada and upon graduating was awarded the Skirving Prize for outstanding academic performance.
Jemima previously held a position as an Intern in the Events Department at Global Radio Group. During this time her duties included providing administrative support for events, including numerous events for Global’s Make Some Noise, a charity which helps disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK. Beyond this, she has previously worked as a Production Runner on a plethora of shows and has an Excel certificate from Pittman Training Centre.
In her role at Coram International, Jemima assists across an array of tasks pertaining to project management.