Degan Ali is the Executive Director at Adeso. In 2003 she designed and oversaw the delivery of the first large scale cash aid distribution in Africa implemented by an NGO rather than a government agency
Under Degan Ali, Adeso has become a leader in finding solutions and making cash transfers becoming a standard aid response.
Degan Ali is also a contributor to the global dialogue on humanitarian action: she is well determined to share her informed views on issues as central to effective humanitarian and development responses as food and nutrition security information, famine, cash programming, and the importance of supporting private sector driven remittances.
Degan Ali has also been a Contributing Writer to articles for the Overseas Development Institute/Humanitarian Policy Group and the Global Food Security Journal.
Since 2014, Degan has been acting as a leading advocate for the empowerment of Southern NGOs; calling for a global network of NGOs ‘run by the south, for the south’, where the voices of local, national and regional southern actors can be heard.
In 2016 she was nominated for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation. The program brings together diverse global leaders who come up with transformative solutions to problems that result in more resilient systems, communities, and people.
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