I specialize in editing, writing and training for international agencies and non-government organizations. I am an editor with 25 years’ newspaper experience, including 11 years at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where I was deputy editor of the editorial pages from 2001 to 2007. In 2009, I founded my own consultancy.
Since November 2013 I have given 50 writing skills workshops in 8 countries for staff from more than 60 international organizations, including the OECD (Paris), The Global Fund (Geneva), the Overseas Development Institute (London) and the World Bank (Brussels).
In my workshops I specialise in helping policy, research and communications staff write clearly for a wide, non-specialist audience. The workshops grew out of my ongoing work as an editor for international organisations, and my 25 years’ experience on newspapers, most recently the International Herald Tribune.
As well as leading writing workshops, I write and edit publications for a wide range of international organisations, particularly in the development field. I have edited the annual Africa Progress Report since 2012, and edited the UN’s major annual education report (the EFA Global Monitoring Report) from 2010 to 2013. Other clients include: the African Development Bank, Kofi Annan Foundation, OECD Development Centre, Global Partnership for Education, International Center for Transitional Justice, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Amnesty International and the Open Society Foundations.
I bring to my editing work a deep regard for language developed in my other life as a poet. I’ve published five collections of poetry and edited two poetry anthologies (see www.andrewjohnston.org).