Gina Rico Méndez

Gina Rico Méndez, PhD

Gina Rico Méndez assists Enumerators with villages mapping in Saboba District.                                                                             Photo: K. Ragsdale/MSU

Dr. Gina Rico Méndez is the Developmental Evaluator (Director of Evaluation) for the USAID-funded Complexity-Aware Monitoring and Evaluation (C-AME) of the Reconciliation Activity in Colombia. Originally from Colombia, South America, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Habitat (Human Settlement Studies) from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She completed her PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Mississippi State University under a Fulbright scholarship.

In Colombia she worked at the United Nations Development Program, the Bogotá’s Fiscal Comptroller General Office, and the Colombian National Electoral and Identification Organization. In the US, she hold a Postdoctoral Research Appointment at the Mississippi State University-Social Science Research Center.

Her work investigates the connections between technological change, food security and land governance, putting special attention to gender relations affecting land tenure. Other research interests include the provision of public goods, peacebuilding and reconciliation, and innovations for economic development. Her professional experience includes policy analysis in various fields, such as sustainable livelihoods, project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Regional experience includes Latin America, North America, and Africa.


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