Dutch Government starts testing the effects it has on developing countries

Almost every country in the world (193 in total) agreed at the United Nations in 2015 on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the coming 12 years. These goals are about a healthy and liveable conditions for all of us, like access to education, health care and decent work in a clean, healthy and peaceful […]

Making it happen!

I love to develop projects from scratch! Combining thinking and doing. Let me help you to develop yours, by using Human Centred Design.   Human Centred Design In practice, Human Centred Design means going out on the streets to get to understand behaviours and needs of the people you design for. What’s more it means: […]

How much money does France make in French-speaking Africa?

France secures access to markets in its 14 former colonies in Africa, to this date, 57 years after independence. Benefits are of commercial interest: access to resources and markets. Mechanisms to support this are a shared currency (the CFA-franc), military presence, secret diplomacy and marketing its language. But … change is on the rise. Lire en […]

A combien s’élèvent l’argent que la France génère en Afrique francophone?

A cette date, 57 ans après l’indépendance, la France sécurise l’accès aux marchés dans ses 14 anciennes colonies en Afrique. Les bénéfices sont de nature commercial: l’accès aux ressources et aux marchés. Les mécanismes pour appuyer cela sont une monnaie partagée (le franc CFA), la présence militaire, la diplomatie secrète et la commercialisation de sa […]

Hallo witte mensen

Als ook wit-mens heb ik een voornemen. Het begon met het lezen van het boek ‘Hallo witte mensen’.   Of eigenlijk begon het veel eerder, toen ik op mijn 24e voor een half jaar in Uganda woonde voor mijn afstudeeronderzoek: een plek waar ik heel erg wit was tussen bijna allemaal zwarte mensen.

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Co-developing projects or programmes

It all starts with an idea. As a freelancer on social impact I’ve developed projects and programmes for ngos, social businesses and partnerships. Generally, co-developing a sound, logical and impactful plan takes everyone’s expertise: the users’ needs and experiences and the expertise of your team, your partners and implementers. With everyone’s input I can develop […]

Good news for poor people!

Everyone pessimistic on social change in countries where corruption is omnipresent: Banerjee & Duflo – the researchers of the book: Poor Economics – have some good advice for poor people who want to bring about change. In Blantyre I was travelling with my Malawian colleague when we almost ran into a road block, set-up by […]

What do poor people want?

Poor people make rational decisions on their lives and those of family members. Politicians that want to cut expenses on development aid, policy makers and those who implement projects should work having in mind those decisions and not just work according to their own beliefs. The most difficult part of development work is to think […]

Gender & SRHR

Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are highly interlinked. At the core are power relations. Once you (women and men) are aware of the existing inequalities, and know how you feel about it, you can create more equality through individual behaviour, being informed, getting organised as a group and finding supporters.

Sports for Development

The best thing about Sports for Development is by means of engagement in something positive – the love of sports – you develop personal life skills. As a freelancer Sport Development, I teach life skills through games and team sports. Examples are: I know my boundaries, I feel strong, I set boundaries, I ask questions, […]