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David J. Olson

Title Global Development Communications Consultant

David J. Olson, a global development communications consultant since 2011, has over 25 years of nonprofit management, communications, and policy experience in 40 countries. His clients include the American Cancer Society; DKT International; the Futures Group; the International HIV/AIDS Alliance; IntraHealth; the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (WHO); Results for Development Institute and Save the Children. He is also a board member of Christian Connections for International Health.

After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, David founded a grass-roots agricultural network in Mali for Lutheran World Relief. For nine years, he led successful social marketing programs in Zambia, Bangladesh, and Paraguay for PSI. The five PSI country programs he played a significant role in starting now account for 17.3% of PSI's total health impact (2012). After returning to the U.S. in 2002, he served as communications director for PSI and the Global Health Council.

Posts By David J. Olson

Ethiopia: An Emerging Family Planning Success Story

Over the last two decades, Ethiopia has become a family planning success story, one of only a handful of countries in Africa to achieve that status.

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Young People Should Lead Efforts to Improve Sexual Health

Young people, especially women living with HIV, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and those who use drugs, are the people least able to access sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning.

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In Costa Rica, Strengthening Health Systems Has a Human Side

For me, the most exciting thing was to see the hospitals taking tools that were developed specifically for people living with HIV, and also using them to strengthen the broader health system.

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My Top 10 Communications Stories in Global Health and Poverty for 2012

As a global development communicator, here’s my take on the top global development communication stories of the year.

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Faith-Based Organizations Believe in Family Planning

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) were well represented at last week’s London Summit on Family Planning thanks to the summit organizers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the British government. Ten faith leaders participated and thought the summit was a smashing success by securing financial commitments to reach an additional 120 million women and girls with voluntary family planning services.

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