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Simon Brook is a Principal Consultant and Leader of OPM's Social Development portfolio. He currently works on poverty and policy analysis (with an emphasis on qualitative and participatory methods), accountability, participation and empowerment, monitoring and evaluation, and civil society strengthening. Simon is managing the Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Egypt project for UNICEF. He is also currently working on the monitoring and evaluation of cash transfers through the Hunger Safety Net Programme in Kenya, focusing on combining qualitative and participatory methods to assess impacts. Simon recently managed an evaluation of the impact and influence of country-led poverty and social impact analyses on national policy processes for UNDP, a review of social sustainability practices within the US$ 650million Multi-Donor Fund for Aceh and Nias (which used an analytical framework built around the areas of voice, participation and accountability, inclusion and equity issues, results (benefits and capacities) and social diversity), and the final evaluation of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund's National Community Development Project (which involved an operational performance assessment, a beneficiary assessment and an infrastructure assessment). Other work includes a project on tools for institutional, political and social analysis for Poverty and Social Impact Analysis for the World Bank and a project for the World Bank on the development of a combined-methods approach to measuring/monitoring empowerment in four countries (leading the work in Jamaica, which focused on police-youth relations). Simon has an MSc in Economics with Distinction in Social Development Planning and Management.