Alana Potter joined IRC as a sanitation and hygiene specialist in late 2007.
She led as IRC Africa Regional, engaging with country programmes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique and Burkina Faso in order to inform and influence the Africa regional WASH agenda, sector learning and knowledge management through country experience and evidence. She established an MoU with the African Minister's Council (AMCOW) to collaboratively strengthen regional WASH monitoring, sector learning and knowledge management towards the achievement of the SDGs.
She brings 19 years' experience in water, sanitation and hygiene programme design; reviews and evaluations; policy and strategy development and monitoring frameworks employing a range of innovative process design, evaluation and communication methods.
She has led numerous regional and sub-regional learning events, Communities of Practice and country and regional dialogues including for eight Southern African countries for the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2016/7 cycle. She was a member of AfricaSan International Task Force and the JMP post‐2015 Global Monitoring Working Group on Hygiene; has co-led Public Finance and Monitoring theme and the Sanitation in Rapidly Growing Towns sub-regional engagement at AfricaSan conferences, contributed to the eThekwini (2008) and N'gor (2015) Declarations of African Ministers and developed regional monitoring indicators and tools to support countries to assess their progress against the N'gor commitments in Sanitation and Hygiene.
Her country experience is in South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zimbabwe. She has worked extensively throughout the southern African region.
She is based in Johannesburg and holds an MA in Psychology. Her major interests are governance and anti-corruption, behaviour change and advocacy.
In 2017 Alana has moved to SERI in South Africa, but remains connected to IRC as an associate.