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Development Practitioner Seminar series 2016

Secil Coker, International Protection, ICC, The Hague

January 25th, 15:00 -17:00, Room 111 "Världen", Sölvegatan 10, Geocentrum 1

"From UNHCR to ICC" 

Secil Coker is Dutch of Turkish origins and received her MA degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She started her career working in the European Parliament, subsequently joined the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) and is now working at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Her talk will focus on her career path from working at UNHCR to her current position at the ICC.

Daniel Taras, Director of the German Agency for International Cooperation’s (GIZ) Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) Programme, Berlin

February 8th, 15:00 -17:00, Room 128 "Flygeln", Sölvegatan 10, Geocentrum 1

"Global governance and emerging economies - new avenues of cooperation"

Daniel Taras will illustrate on the basis of his past and current work how western donors are redefining their approach to cooperating with and in emerging economies. In doing so, he will provide practical insights on how he and his global team set up the Economic Policy Forum (, a platform of leading political economy think tanks, which jointly produce policy recommendations for global governance processes, such as the BRICS summit, the G20, or the climate change negotiations.

Priti Darooka, Founder and Executive Director of PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), New Delhi and the Netherlands

February 22nd, 15:00 -17:00, Room 128 "Flygeln", Sölvegatan 10, Geocentrum 1

"Trends in Human Rights: A Global South Feminist Perspective"

Priti will talk about her engagement and work with the PWESCR (, and reflect upon her own career choices and experiences within the field. Priti holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from the US, and has previously worked at the Ford Foundation, UNIFEM (now UN Women), as well as several community based organisations. 

Madelene Eichhorn, previously worked as M&E offer with UNAIDS Cambodia

March 7th, 15:00 -17:00, Room R240, Building "Gamla kirurgen", Sandgatan 3, Paradis area

“What does working with M&E mean?”

Madelene Eichhorn will guide us through the field of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) within the sector of international development cooperation. She will give a theoretical introduction to M&E and will also draw upon her practical experience working with M&E of the Multi-Sectoral Response to HIV and AIDS, with UNAIDS in Cambodia. During the presentation Madelene will provide practical tips on tools for working with M&E as well as desired experience and qualifications of practitioners.

Full presentation available here (PDF)

Eva Schmitz, Both Ends, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 21st, 15:00 -17:00, Room R240, Building "Gamla kirurgen", Sandgatan 3, Paradis area

Small steps - what claiming women’s Human Rights actually looks like in Kenya, South Africa and India…

Eva Schmitz is a Senior Policy Advisor and Project Manager for the Dutch development and environmental NGO, Both ENDS. The main focus of her work lies in tackling the social and environmental impacts connected to the production of large-scale agricultural commodities, infrastructure projects and extractives. Although also working with certification organisations, companies and financial institutions, her main efforts go towards supporting affected communities in the defending of their land and claiming of their rights.

For this lecture Eva will talk about the dilemmas facing local CSOs and international NGOs working on issues of gender and human rights. The Human Rights to Food, Water and to a Healthy Environment are internationally accepted and have been ratified by many nations. Yet what does this mean in reality for people living far away from the UN headquarters in New York? The global the run on natural resources puts communities dependent on these resources under immense pressure, with women suffering disproportionally from the negative impacts. Eva has been working with women’s groups in Kenya, South Africa and India to support them in claiming their rights. While this is challenging enough, engaging women in patriarchal societies brings its own pitfalls. Question arise such as, do women who struggle to survive even have time to claim their rights? Will their husbands and fathers react violently? Is the gender focus a Western point of view? How does one bring the men into the fight for women’s rights?

The speaker looks forward to engaging the students in a lively debate about some of the real dilemmas which arise from development work in practice.

Fernanda Drumond (Gapminder Foundation, Stockholm) & Silja Emmel (Statistics Denmark, Copenhagen), Graduate School alumni

April 4th, 15:00 -17:00, Room R240, Building "Gamla kirurgen", Sandgatan 3, Paradis area

Panel on the role of statistics in development

Fernanda Drumond works as Project Manager at Gapminder Foundation in Stockholm. Fernanda runs the Dollar Street project, a visual framework for understanding different standards of living within and between countries. By combining documentary photos and income statistics, Dollar Street shows a fact-based worldview that cannot be found anywhere else. Fernanda has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Brazil and a master's degree in Development Studies from Lund University. She's worked in the corporate and academic sectors in USA, Brazil, India and Nepal, and now is working for the non-profit sector in Sweden. Apart from working for Gapminder, she dedicates her time to Yuwalaya, a Youth Resource Center implemented in Nepal through ABC Sweden (NGO).

Silja Emmel works as Head of Section in International Consulting at Statistics Denmark, or as Deputy Project Leader in statistical capacity building projects as she clarifies it herself. She works in a team of three people with responsibility for winning and implementing projects. Once won, she designs a work plan, coordinates with project partners and experts, monitors the implementation and provides reports to donors (mainly the EU and the World Bank). Her background is in Political Science and in Development Studies, also from Lund University. Prior to her current position, she has been active in NGOs in Denmark and in Germany, focusing on Southern Africa and land rights. She also teaches intercultural communication for staff at Statistics Denmark, building on her experiences.

Ulrika Jerre, Head of International Department, IM (IM Swedish Development Partner), Lund - cancelled!

April 18th, 15:00 -17:00, room R240, Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Paradis area

"Is it possible to live as you teach? - Challenges and opportunities in being a leader in a value-based organization in today's world"

Ulrika Jerre has a PhD in Political Science from LU and has worked for IM Swedish Development Partner since 2005 in various positions in Sweden and abroad. Since 2011 she is the Head of the International Department. She will talk about value based leadership and challenges and opportunities in being a manager in an INGO in the development sector.

Tanja Dittfeld, Linete Roque Andersson, Ludwig Perman, Ronja Pe

May 16th, 15:15 -17:00, room R236, Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Paradise area

Panel on Traineeships: "Development Work in Different (Developing) Contexts"

Linete Roque Andersson- "My internship is in Lichinga, in the northern part of Mozambique for an organization that is called ROADS. Translated the name stands for "Network of organizations for a better environment and susteinable development. My area during my six months here in Lichinga is "Gender maistreaming in susteinable development" and the specifics tasks are about working together with programme officers and the coordinator in Gender mainstreaming and support the elaboration of the organisation's Gender policy. At this moment I spent a lot of my time attempting to contextualize the situation, that is together with my collegues identify what are the main challenges when it comes to Gender here in Lichinga. When trying to understand the context I do everything from reading reports about different projects to see what and how has been said about gender or if it is mentioned at all field meetings to get a better understanding of how the reality looks like. We also talk about perceptions that exists in our society about the different sexes and have an open conversation in schools with children from twelve to fifteen years old."

Tanja Dittfeld- "My internship is in Lusaka, Zambia, with the NGO Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat (CFHH). CFHH is a national network of civil society and community organizations involved in Housing and Habitat issues in Zambia. CFHH aims at creating a strong platform for dialogue, lobbying and advocating for pro-poor legislative and institutional environment to address the country’s rapid urbanisation and human settlement development challenges. CFHH's mission is to ensure decent, affordable and adequate housing for all in Zambia. My main task is to ensure HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming in all stages of planning, coordinating and implementing CFHH's activities. A big part of my work centers around conducting workshops and trainings focused on the nexus between housing, gender and HIV/AIDS in 5 very disadvantaged communities (emerging housing cooperatives) that CFHH work with."

Ludwig Perman –“My internship is in Kampala, Uganda, at an organization called Shelter and Settlements Alternatives, mainly working to improve the living conditions for the people living in slum areas in Uganda, but also working with gender issues and research on HIV/AIDS. Shelter and Settlements Alternatives is an umbrella organization for Ugandan NGOs in the field of adequate housing with approximately 12 people working in its office in Kampala. I work as Information and Advocacy Officer in the Communications Team. My duties include: carrying out visits to slum areas and documenting the situation; post articles and updates to website and social media; assist in the organization of various events; create educational materials such as brochures, flyers and newsletters; create graphic materials such as banners and roll-ups; network with other partners in the housing sector. Our work focuses predominantly on lobbying efforts towards politicians, private enterprises and other stakeholders. The Ugandan population is as of 2015 approximately 38 million, but in just 20 years it is expected to have risen to somewhere around 68 million. Given these projections, and the fact that the country is already suffering from a housing backlog and is undergoing an urbanization process, the issue of building affordable and sustainable houses of adequate size is absolutely critical for the country to cope with its ongoing population growth. However, the problem in Uganda regarding shelter and housing is not limited to a lack of houses but it's also a matter of the quality of the houses. As more and more people are moving into the cities, and the government mostly leaving it up to private actors to respond to the demand, the slum areas are increasing in size and population. The private actors mostly build more expensive houses for middle to high-income earners leaving the low-income earners to fend for themselves. This leads low-income earners to put up shacks in slum areas where the crime rate is high, sanitation is poor, where access to clean water is scarce, and where the likelihood of catching various diseases is higher than in other urban areas.”

Ronja Pe- “My internship is in Asunción, Paraguay, at “Demoinfo”, an organization working with the freedom of expression in one of the few countries in the Americas that still lack statutory legislation guaranteeing such rights. Through the telecommunications law of 2011, the major media is controlled and censured by the state while smaller community radio stations’ broadcasting power is limited to 50 watts and self-financing, advertisements prohibited. Paraguay is currently facing one of the worlds most rapid land grabbing and subsequent deforestation of the rainforests which results in the loss of important living space and resources for the indigenous peoples and local farmers. As the exploitation favors the elitist, right-wing government, the negative side effects are rarely presented in public media. Demoinfo aims to produce, gather and spread these lost voices via the community radio stations in the country.”


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