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Jacqueline Wood

PhD Graduate; civil society; state and self-regulation of civil society organizations; accountability of civil society organizations; funding modalities; international development

Jacqueline completed her PhD at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Susan Phillips. Her doctoral research focused on the current trend, particularly prevalent in lower and middle-income countries, of restricting space for civil society organizations’ operations through regulatory means. It did so by examining the drivers of change in state and self-regulation of civil society organizations; the state and self-regulation interaction; and their relationship to accountability.

Jacqueline’s career spans over twenty-five years working in Canada and overseas in the field of international development. Over time her emphasis shifted from project implementation, monitoring and management to public policy. Her employers and clients have included numerous civil society organizations as well as multilateral and bilateral donors such as the (former) Canadian International Development Agency and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Jacqueline is currently Senior Strategy and Policy Specialist with the multi-stakeholder Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment secretariat housed at the Hague-based International Institute of Social Studies. Jacqueline is also engaged with the OECD Development Assistance Committee on a multi-methods study of How DAC Members Work with Civil Society, to be followed by guidance for DAC members.

Jacqueline is a member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the International Society for Third Sector Research. She has presented at numerous academic and practitioner conferences and workshops worldwide on topics related to civil society organizations in development and the value and ways of multi-stakeholder collaboration. Jacqueline also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an Honours BA from the University of Toronto.