Who We Are

Thrive is nimble, is non-profit and has minimal running costs. Two 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, Fair Trade, and media;
  • Civil society development & governance – advocacy, capacity-building, policy;
  • Science & evidence – academic links, research, writing academic papers.

Thrive directors are:

  • Ms Mwayi Chirwa (lecturer, Environmental Management, University of Livingstonia, Malawi), 
  • Ms Chipiliro Kansilanga (media & communications specialist, currently with African Union, Cameroon), 
  • Ms Alison Napier (senior M&E consultant, INTRAC, in development since 1994), 
  • Dr Cathy Ratcliff (development generalist since 1992, development discourse analyst),
  • Ms Liz Sams (CA, Chief Finance and Operations Officer at Foundation Scotland). 

A chartered accountant oversees Thrive’s financial management.