As a strategic communications professional who has worked in multilateral development organisations for many years, I have seen numerous publications produced for developing country policymakers. However, I often found many of them to be far too academic, too long and too laced with unnecessary technical jargon to be of much use to those for whom they were ultimately written. This is what inspired me to establish Editor's Quill.
My goal is to provide multilateral development banks and other such organisations with the editing services that they need to simplify, shorten and render their publications more useful and reader-friendly to all audiences. Services include the following:
Document revision and proofreading
Content creation - writing and editing
Surgical removal of unnecessary acronyms
Transcription in English and French
Editor's Quill services are not limited to international development institutions. If you are in need of a review of copy as an international organisation, a corporation, small business owner, non-governmental organisation, media organisation or an individual, we shall be happy to be of assistance. We work in both English and French.
Owner, Editor's Quill
Examples of editing services provided:
Editing of the Inaugural Address to the Gambian National Assembly by President Adama Barrow in 2017
Editing of media releases and other material for the Gambian President's Office and the Gambian Ministry of Information in 2017
Editing of a series of product value chain reports and other publications for the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank'
Editing of several speeches for the President of the African Development Bank; and publications for different departments of the bank.
Writing and editing of communications material as Director of Communications at the Commonwealth Secretariat
Preparation of speeches for the former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Editing of the Africa Region chapters of the World Bank Annual Report
Revision & Proofreading
I am a strategic communications specialist who has worked in international development for over 30 years. I set up Editor's Quill, as part of Richard Uku Consulting, to indulge two of my biggest passions: writing and what I consider to be my compulsive editing. This was inspired partly after working in the international development community for so long and seeing innumerable documents meant for public consumption written in unnecessarily heavy jargon. One of the services that I provide through Editor's Quill is turning such material into simple, reader-friendly language for either sector specialists or general audiences.
My expertise includes writing, editing, designing and executing strategic communications programs to raise public awareness of development-related issues, and to garner behaviour change. I have written and edited copy for many clients in the public and private sectors. This includes work in previous roles as:
Editor for the African Development Bank's African Natural Resources Centre in Abidjan
Senior Director, Greystone Global Strategies, Washington, DC
Editorial Board Member, News Central TV, Lagos
UN Strategic Communications Adviser to the Government of The Gambia in Banjul
Director of Communications at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London
Director of Communications for the African Development Bank in Tunis
Group Head of Communications for Ecobank in Lome
Head of Communications for the Africa Finance Corporation in Lagos
Speechwriter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director in Washington, DC
Head of Communications for Africa at the World Bank in Washington, DC
Senior Vice President at IEC Strategies in Washington, DC
Vice President at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, DC
Writer/Editor at the UN's Department of Public Information in New York
A 13 year career Foreign Service career
“I was delighted to have Richard on board as Adviser to the Government of The Gambia under the United Nation's auspices. He is an experienced communications professional and an excellent writer.”
- Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of UNOWAS
“I worked with Richard while I was at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and can attest to his skills as a writer and editor."
- Andrew Alli, former AFC President & CEO and now Partner and CEO of Southbridge
“Richard Uku is a skilled writer and editor whose work is creative and concise."
- Moono Mupotola, Director of Regional Integration, African Development Bank
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