As a professional in the field of international cooperation, my work often aims at building capacity of local NGO staff and community groups. Between October of 2009 and February of 2011 I worked as an NGO consultant in Laos, where I did the following assignments:
- Design the strategy to jumpstart the planning process for the Green Earth Centre in Salavan for Village Focus International. Click here for more information.
- My work for Fair Trade Laos (FTL) is to to carry out an assessment of needs among (potential) members on services to be provided by the FTL and to develop a new website. FTL is an affiliation of Laos based trading organizations committed to practicing fair trade principles in their business activities. Click here for more information.
- From October until February I worked as well for the Global Environmental Institute. I supported to the Land Management Authority of Laos in developing policies on Payment for Environmental Services in Lao PDR. Among other things I wrote proposals for pilot studies around PES in Lao PDR (see Research proposal hydropower_NLMA171109 for an example) and a concept note for the establishment of a inter-agency research forum on sustainable land management. Read here how this experience finished.
In Laos I also coached a group of distance athletes that represent this country in international events, a wonderful experience to know more about Laotians and their culture. Read here posts about this experience.
After a year and a half working as a freelance consultant in Laos, in March of 2011 I moved to Cuzco (Peru). In Peru I worked as an international coordinator for monitoring and evaluation of a food security project of the Dutch NGO Chakana in rural communities in Ccapi (Cuzco) and Haquira (Apurimac). I was responsible of the monitoring and reporting of the project, maintain a good communication with the governing board of Chakana in the Netherlands, and technical assistance in the field of food security.
At this moment I live in Darwin, where I work as a development officer for Athletics Northern Territory. Of course Australia is not what many would denominate a ‘developing country’. But given the relative low amount of people doing athletics in the territory, and the isolation in which many rural communities live in this part of the world, this job has many similitude with the jobs I have had in the past. And at the end of the day, sport is one of the most powerful tools to boost personal and community development!
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