Dr. Phillip Andrew Evans, the Department for International Development (DFID) Somalia Head, has been awarded Commander in the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Humanitarian Relief in the 2018 New Year Honours List.
Phil joined the DFID in 1993, having previously worked for the United Nations (UN) and World Bank. He has worked in Africa for many years, including heading DFID’s country offices in Zimbabwe (2007-09), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2009-11) and Sierra Leone (2011-14) before taking up his current position in 2014. He also has a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the Civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V, and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female.
Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were at first made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India. Nominations continue today from Commonwealth countries that participate in recommending British (Imperial) honours.