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Douglas Webb

Cluster Leader, Mainstreaming, Gender and MDGs. HIV, Health and Development Group, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

UNDP New York

United States
Health, HIV AIDS, Sustainable development

Douglas Webb leads the mainstreaming, gender and MDGs team, in the HIV, Health and Development Group, of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Webb worked with UNICEF in Ethiopia managing adolescent development, child protection, HIV prevention and care work. He was the Chief of the Children and AIDS Section in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office of UNICEF in Kenya (2004-2008). Prior to that, he worked in civil society, as the HIV and AIDS Adviser for Save the Children, UK (2000-2004) based in London; he was also vice-chair of the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development. Mr. Webb worked as a research officer in UNICEF Zambia (1995-1997) and UNICEF Mozambique in1998, and concurrently conducted research with the Southern African AIDS Dissemination Service (1997-1998).

Mr. Webb’s experience covers a range of social aspects of health and well-being and public sector responses. This includes the development of social protection systems; child focused social welfare systems, child protection, alternative child care structures, inter-country adoption policy, HIV-sensitive social programmes, structural HIV interventions, non-communicable disease responses and tobacco prevention and control.

Mr. Webb is an Irish national and holds a PhD from the University of London, which examined social responses to HIV and AIDS in Namibia and South Africa in contexts of political transition. The research assessed how the dismantling of apartheid structures and associated socio-political changes impacted on the perceptions and responses to HIV. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters covering issues such as children affected by AIDS, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS and development. He was a member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS (2006-2008) and was on the Programme Committee for the International AIDS Conference in Vienna 2010.