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Fabiola Lopez-Gomez

Fabiola Lopez-Gomez is a development economist and evaluator specialising in impact evaluation approaches using mixed-methods methodologies in the context of international development, primarily on private sector development, market systems, and business environment reforms. She joined Itad in the spring of 2015.

Fabiola’s main areas of expertise and interest include monitoring and evaluation (DCED Standard), impact evaluation, private sector development, global value chains, M4P, business environment reforms, international trade, multinational enterprises, SMEs, foreign direct Investment, industrial organisation and industrialisation and industrial policy.

Fabiola is experienced in programme design, programme management, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Itad, she was Deputy Project Manager and Monitoring Specialist for two DFID funded projects, Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative in South Africa, Kenya and Bangladesh, and Monitoring Specialist for the Procurement and Secretarial Services for Climate Change Mitigation Policy in South Africa.

She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of East Anglia, where she conducted an econometric assessment of the impact of Outsourcing on Domestic suppliers in Mexico, in terms of productivity and upgrading.

Nationality: Mexican
Languages: Spanish (Fluent), English (Fluent)
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, South Africa and United Kingdom.


2004 - 2011
PhD International Development
University of East Anglia
2003 - 2004
MRes Development Studies
University of East Anglia
2002 - 2003
MSc Industrial Economics
University of East Anglia
1995 - 2000
BA Economics
Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City


2015 - present
Itad Ltd

2012 - 2015
Cardno Emerging Markets

2011 - 2012
Associate Tutor
School of International Development, University of East Anglia

2011 - 2012

2011 - 2012
Research Assistant
School of International Development, University of East Anglia

2009 - 2010
Research Assistant
Colegio de Mexico

Aviva Plc.

2000 - 2002
HR Assistant
Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales


Quantitative Data collection: Questionnaire Design and Testing, Survey Sampling and Weighting, Social Research Association
Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), Springfield Centre, Bangkok
An Introduction to Programme Evaluation for decision makers, Centre for Micro-data Methods and Practice, (CEMMAP)
Panel Data Analysis ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton

Project Experience:

2018 - ongoing
Monitoring and evaluation of the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) programme
(DFID) - Quantitative lead and project manager
Providing technical lead on the design of the quantitative data collection for the evaluation. Working with the implementers to develop the Monitoring Framework and a robust data collection process.

Responsible for the project management of the project.

2017 - ongoing
Impact Evaluation of the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme
(DFID) - Quantitative Design Advisor
Itad has been contracted to deliver an independent ex-post evaluation of Samarth-NMDP to enrich the global knowledge base of the effectiveness of market systems programmes. It is the first initiative in Nepal to evaluate a programme on an M4P approach.

Fabiola is designing and implementing the quantitative assessment of the Impact evaluation. The evaluation uses mixed-methods and the objective of the quantitative assessment is to measure how effective were the specific interventions in achieving poverty reduction. Quasi-experimental methods (i.e. difference in differences and regression analysis) will be used to identify the impact on some of the key outcome variables.

2017 - ongoing
Evaluation Management Unit for West Africa Food Markets Pilot Programme
(DFID) - Consultant
The West Africa Food Markets (WAFM) Pilot Programme is a five-year initiative that seeks to increase the availability of staple foods and purchasing power of farmers in food-insecure regions of the Sahel, as well as to increase their resilience to hunger and malnutrition during the regular hungry seasons and periodic shocks.

Fabiola oversees the verification and quality assurance of the data collected by the Project Management Unit (PMU), in terms of data matching to the logframe needs, gaps and inconsistencies in the data and provides recommendations for improvement in their data collection process and in the quality of the data collected.

2016 - ongoing
Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation Service Provider for the WASH Results Programme
(DFID) - Consultant
The WASH Results programme employs an innovative finance mechanism following principles of ‘Payment by Results ‘whereby the three WASH suppliers will receive payment only upon independent verification of achieving a set of specific results packages agreed between each supplier and DFID. DFID have appointed a consortium led by Itad to provide the Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation (MVE) services related to the programme.

Fabiola works closely with implementing partners provided technical advice on sampling methodologies and survey designs for the Water and Sanitation Outcome Surveys in Bangladesh, Pakistan, DRC and Kenya. She quality assures survey data and verifies the results reported by implementing partners.

2016 - ongoing
Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF)
(DFID) - Senior Research Assistant
BERF helps DFID collect and disseminate lessons learned from the program more systematically, carry out policy research, and develop innovative approaches for involving stakeholders in reform programs.

Fabiola designed the methodology approach for the BERF evidence map for the different reform areas of Business Environment Reforms. The aim of the BERF evidence map is to enable policymakers and practitioners to explore the findings and quality of the existing evidence within key BER reform domains identified by the DCED, in order to support informed judgement and evidence-based decision-making.

2015 - 2016
Evaluation of the Dutch Good Growth Fund
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands) - Research Assistant
The DGGF is specifically designed for SMEs in low- and middle-income countries and in the Netherlands, which generally experience a lack of appropriate finance for development-related investments and trade. Itad, in partnership with SEO Economic Research are conducting an impact evaluation to get an insight into the nature and magnitude of effects, direct and indirect, that can be attributed to DGGF.

Responsibilities: (i) support the evaluation team on the design of the ToC; (ii) to conduct a literature review and to propose feasible methodologies to measure indirect job creation and knowledge transfer; (iii) to provide feedback on the methods proposed for the quantitative assessment and survey design.

BEAM Exchange
(DFID) - Consultant
The BEAM Exchange is a forum for knowledge exchange and learning about the role of market systems approaches in reducing poverty. Funded DFID and SDC, it works to strengthen and extend the application of these approaches in diverse development programmes – including sectors (such as health, education, sanitation and energy services, and women’s economic empowerment) where market-orientated strategies are still innovative and emerging.

Fabiola prepared a case study on a Dynamic and Adaptive Monitoring System for the Propcom Mai-karfi Shea nut intervention in Nigeria.

2015 - 2016
Impact Assessments under DFID’s Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) Programme
(DFID) - Impact Evaluation Consultant
LASER is undertaking a rigorous impact evaluation of voluntary taxation Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms that were introduced in 2012 in Bangladesh with the support of IFC. The evaluation aimed to inform and help National Bureau of Revenue (NBR), DFID and wider stakeholders to understand the effectiveness of ADR in Bangladesh, what works and what can be improved to develop innovative new approaches to scale-up the reforms or implement them in other countries. The other objective was to help identify cost effective ways to increase demand for ADR and increase tax collection.

Fabiola co-designed the evaluation approach. She also undertook an extensive literature review on taxation issues including the political economy of the taxation system, tax compliance and tax morale, relationship between tax reforms and economic performance and encouragement designs targeting SMEs to increase formalisation.

2015 - 2016
Mobilising for Development – Northern Nigeria
(DFID) - Quantitative Methods Advisor
Itad has been contracted by Palladium on behalf of DFID to manage the impact evaluation of the programme. The M4D programme aims to support local governance and service delivery in select Local Government Areas (LGAs) in three states in Northern Nigeria: Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa.

Fabiola provided support to the evaluation team on sampling design and statistical methods.

2012 - 2015
Fund Manager for Trade in Global Value Chain Initiative
(DFID) - Deputy Project Manager and Monitoring Specialist.
The TGVCI is a modified challenge fund that, apart from grant funding, provides in-country technical assistance to help develop and deliver the projects. The programme aims to improve the lives and working conditions of those working in horticultural and garment value chains. As Deputy Programme Manager is responsible for helping the programme team to establish robust systems for grant management, procurement and contract management; demonstrating VfM through low administrative costs and management processes designed to maximise cost effectiveness.

As M&E specialist she was responsible of the design of the monitoring frameworks using the DCED framework. Responsible for resourcing and mobilising country coordinators in the three pilot countries for data collection, coordinating the delivery of information; preparing quarterly reports to DFID and to the Evaluation Management Unit, monitoring performance of the programme.

2012 - 2013
Provision of Research, Procurement and Secretarial Services for Climate Change Mitigation Policy in South Africa
(DFID) - Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Responsible for design of the M&E framework and monitoring of the programme activities.
Measuring the Impact of Aid Agency Programmes in Rapid Onset of natural Disasters in Sri Lanka
(Oxfam, School of International Development UEA) - Research Assistant
Duties included data cleaning and results measurement at the household level in 3 communities in Sri Lanka in order to: a) identify resilience strategies adopted by households after a natural disaster; and b) measure the impact of Aid Programmes in rapid onset of natural disasters.
Brazilian Manufacturing in the face of Chinese Competition
(School of International Development, UEA) - Research Assistant
Collected, created and managed a trade database (HS 1996) at six-digit level for seven Latin American countries, United State and China.
2009 - 2010
Industrial policy in Mexico and Central America
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC))) - Research Assistant
Literature review on industrial policies in developing countries. Conducted statistical analysis and interpretation of data on the impacts of industrial policies in Mexico, Central America, Korea and Malaysia.
2009 - 2010
Technical assistance to design a program to improve and strengthen the statistical system of measuring FDI in Mexico
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Mexican Ministry of Economy)) - Research Assistant
Assessed key problems on the collection of FDI data in Mexico. Analysed methodologies used in Germany, United Kingdom, Holland and Spain and provided recommendations to improve and strength the methodology in Mexico
2009 - 2010
A study on the role of an Investment Ombudsman in promoting FDI in Mexico
(Colegio de Mexico (Project funded by the Mexican Ministry of Economy) ) - Research Assistant
Conducted the literature review of the role of Ombdusman authorities in promoting FDI with particular emphasis in Korea. Proposed policy recommendations to the establishment of an Investment Ombdusman Office in Mexico.