Samantha McGavin

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Samantha is a member of the Asia team, focusing on Inter Pares' Burma program. Previously, she was a fundraising manager (2002-2008) and then communications director (2008-2017). She also contributes to human resource policy development,  public policy engagement, and Inter Pares' migrant justice and mining justice work in Canada.

Samantha holds a bachelor of arts in English and anthropology, and a bachelor of social work (concentration on community development). Before joining Inter Pares in 2002, Samantha worked in Montreal's community sector and was a freelance researcher/writer/translator.

Samantha is particularly interested in documenting and promoting non-hierarchical management structures, consensus-based decision-making, and feminist practice. She was one of three principal researchers in Inter Pares' participatory action research project on its feminist methodology and structure, and the co-author of two related publications: "Does It Work? Feminist analysis and practice at Inter Pares" (Inter Pares Occasional Paper, March 2011) and "Feminist participatory research in a social justice organization" (Action Research 01/2011; 9(3):261-281). She is also the co-author of "Online Fundraising for Small Budgets" (Grassroots Fundraising Jan/Feb 2009:8-11).

In her personal life, Samantha has long promoted egalitarian and inclusive communities, with particular emphasis on the autonomy, rights, and access to the resources of the poor, as well as cycling safety. She is a parent to two young children.

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