Our team is made up of the Mission Support Coordinator, who coordinates the project related to Salvation Army church infrastructure; and the Community Development Coordinators, who give specific advice and training for projects to tackle the needs of the wider community (Community Development Projects). These two roles are held together by the International Projects Officer and the sections’ administrator.
Elizabeth Nelson joined the IPDS team as International Projects Officer April 2012. Elizabeth started working with the Army in Bangladesh in 1994 to establish the outreach work to women in prostitution in Old Dhaka.
After five years of project work in Bangladesh, she returned to Canada to work for two years with the Manitoba Division on Integrated Mission before entering the College for Officers Training. Commissioned in 2003, Elizabeth returned to Bangladesh as the Projects Officer, where she worked for almost eight years before being appointed to IHQ.
Ben Gilbert has been providing support to The Salvation Army’s development work in South Asia, and South Pacific and East Asia since 2013. Ben lives in London with his wife, Shiyani.
He grew up in India and has previously lived and worked in Sri Lanka and Kuwait as a teacher and has experience in partnering with local NGOs. For his MA he researched current educational opportunities for tea plantation communities in South Asia.
He has a BSc (Hons) in Geography with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. His Masters is in Education and International Development
Jo Clark joined the IPDS team in February 2005. Since 2008 she has been responsible for supporting community projects in the Americas and Caribbean zone and for managing the IPDS finances including externally funded projects portfolio. Jo has worked with The Salvation Army in Ghana in education, and with women's development, micro finance and project management.
In her time at IHQ Jo has supported community development projects across all Salvation Army zones including coordinating the Salvation Army’s community project response to the December 2004 Asian tsunami. Jo has post graduate qualifications in the fields of geography and education; she is currently striving to improve her Spanish!
Elise has provided support to The Salvation Army’s development work in Africa since 2012. She is currently developing a global Disaster Risk Reduction project.
She previously worked with a Christian children’s rights organisation in Uganda and Zimbabwe, and has travelled extensively around the African continent.
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