Jillian Reilly has worked for twenty-one years in the global aid industry across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 1993 Jillian came to South Africa to work with a human rights organisation during the dying days of apartheid and was lucky enough to monitor the historic 1994 elections. Hooked on the promise of the new South Africa, she stayed for another four years working with a US non-profit to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs. During that time Jillian was also given the opportunity to develop new projects in countries across east and southern Africa, including Mozambique, Botswana, and Ethiopia. In 1997 she moved to Zimbabwe to start an HIV/AIDS programme. Feeling helpless as she watched the country being brought to its knees by an epidemic and the man who claimed to be its liberator, Jillian left in 2000 and began consulting to the aid industry.