Having worked in Malawi and Nigeria for the past 12 years, Christine and Jim Owre bring first-hand knowledge of these two nations to the Mid-Maine Global Forum. The Owres have extensive backgrounds in economic planning and program development. Both Chris and Jim have worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) that operates programs in support of democratic development worldwide. Chris is currently Program Manager, Policy and Knowledge Facility, Abuja, Nigeria. This is a UK DFID-funded program (Department for International Development) supporting research, dialogue and advocacy on evidence-based policy to promote economic reform and inclusive economic development. Jim is currently Resource Manager, Security, Justice & Growth Programme, British Council, Abuja, Nigeria (also DFID-funded).