Dr Inez Mahony has a PhD in Journalism from the University of Queensland. She has an exemplary academic record with studies focusing on Indonesian language, anthropology, journalism, human rights and aid effectiveness. Dr Mahony is also an experienced teacher in the fields of communication, journalism and Indonesian studies - at USC and UQ. Her work is underpinned by extensive in-country work experience, research, and travel in Southeast Asia spanning 25 years.
Inez has had over 10 years’ experience in Indonesia working as a journalist, and as an academic scholar researching media responses to Islam. She is fluent in the Bahasa Indonesian language, and has developed strong links with many Indonesian people over the years.
Inez has worked on various USC International Development projects as project manager for the Indonesian for teachers initiatives (InTI) at USC, funded by the Australian Government; project officer on GPFD Principals workshops within Papua, Indonesia; and she also monitors and evaluates all aspects of these projects.
During program implementation Inez focuses on whether the program is meeting participants’ needs and expectations, and also the increase in participants’ skills and knowledge. She also concentrates on the long-term impact of programs, monitoring and evaluating efficacy, and participants’ ability to instigate and manage positive change within their communities.
Inez uses a mixed method, participatory approach to monitoring and evaluation from a human rights perspective, valuing participants’ experience and stories of significant change. Her detailed evaluation reports have been submitted to the Australian Government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), relevant Indonesian government departments, and counterpart organisations; these reports have significantly contributed to USC International’s continued success in applying for funding from the Australian and Indonesian Governments - to manage and evaluate international development programs.