Who We Are

Thrive is nimble. It is non-profit and has minimal running costs. Some directors work for fees, from anywhere on their laptops and phones.

Thrive has skills of:

  • Professionalism in aid – grant management, project design & management, partner development;
  • Knowledge of multiple sectors, – with special interests in women’s and girls’ rights, mitigating climate change through forests and renewable energy, grant management, and policies and politics;
  • Civil society development & governance – advocacy, capacity-building, media;
  • Science & evidence – academic links, research, writing academic papers.

Thrive directors are:

  • Ms Mwayi Chirwa (lecturer, Environmental Management, University of Livingstonia, Malawi)
  • Dr Cathy Ratcliff (development generalist since 1992, development discourse analyst),
  • Ms Liz Sams (CA, 11 years Director of Finance at Mercy Corps, now Chief Finance and Operations Officer at Foundation Scotland),
  • Ms Alison Napier (senior M&E consultant, INTRAC, in international development since 1994).

Thrive’s chartered accountant oversees Thrive’s financial management.