Passion. Experience. Diligence.
Aid-IT Solutions was formed in 2003 by the two principals, Dr Paul Crawford and Lyndon Voigt. Paul brought years of field experience and a PhD in M&E systems; Lyndon brought information systems architecture and software development expertise from both the corporate and humanitarian sectors. They shared a vision for how to improve aid effectiveness, by putting the right information in the right hands, at the right time.
Dr Paul Crawford brings a unique combination of extensive field experience spanning more than 20 years and 44 countries, including several fragile states, and relevant academic qualifications. His doctoral dissertation argued for a portfolio-wide approach to M&E rather than the traditional project-centric perspective, often found to erode learning and strategic insights. He also holds a MBA (majoring in organisational performance) and a degree in rural development. Since becoming the Executive Director of Aid-IT Solutions, Paul has conducted more than 120 international M&E assignments—many for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He has either lead or participated in more than 25 major evaluations or reviews. Paul’s evaluation products have been showcased by the Australian Government’s Office of Development Effectiveness as Good Practice Examples. Paul is an effective communicator. As an evaluation team leader, he has often been required to negotiate sensitive issues with stakeholders. He is known to produce a high standard of written material to publishable standard and has published articles on M&E practice in international peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He has delivered formal and informal M&E training; has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate development students; a keynote speaker at professional development seminars and conferences; and has provided longer-term M&E mentoring to individuals and teams. Paul was decorated with Australia’s Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal in 2000 for work during the 1994 Rwandan genocide humanitarian crisis.