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.