Peter da Costa is a development policy and strategic communication specialist who has worked extensively in Africa as well as on global issues and initiatives for more than two decades.
A trained Journalist, he reported from West Africa during the early 1990s for a range of print, broadcast and multimedia outlets.
In 1994 he became Regional Director for Africa of Inter Press Service, a global media and development communication agency, and moved to Zimbabwe.
In 1997 he was appointed Senior Communication Adviser to the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, headquartered in Ethiopia.
In 2003 he left the UN to pursue doctoral studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and was subsequently awarded a PhD in Development Studies.
da Costa’s areas of expertise include Translating Research into Policy; Strategic Communication; Monitoring and Evaluation and Organizational Development.
He consults extensively with multilateral and bilateral development agencies, philanthropic foundations and civil society organizations.
Da Costa originates from The Gambia and Ghana and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.