Baroness D'Souza "has an academic background in anthropology and taught at both the London School of Economics and Oxford Brookes University. She was the Director of an independent research group focusing on applying systematic evaluation methods to development and emergency aid and collaborated in original research on the economic origins and alleviation of famine. She was for over nine years the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, a human rights organisation devoted to promoting freedom of expression.
"She is a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Consultant to the REDRESS Trust and Trustee of many organisations concerned with human rights and development. Frances D'Souza has lived and worked in southern Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. She was awarded a CMG in 1998 for services to human rights and appointed an independent peer in 2004." 
- Patron, Evidence for Development 
- Former Director (1986-1992), International Alert 
- Advisory Council, LEAD International