This page gives information about the assignments that I have carried out over the last few years. Until September 2010 I was also the managing director of Aim for human rights, a full-time job or more. I combined my management tasks with assignments, sometimes for a few weeks abroad, sometimes desk studies. As the director of Aim for human rights I also coached our staff in their assignments within our different programmes, and gave feed-back when necessary.
Here I mention some of the recent assignments that I carried out:
October 2012 - December 2012: Participation in a referencegroup for a major evaluation of the human rights projects of the Dutch Government, by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IOB). View the IOB report here: www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/bz/documenten-en-publicaties/rapporten/2012/12/03/evaluation-of-dutch-support-to-human-rights-projects-2008-2011.html.
From September 2012 up till now I have taken up a number of volunteer activities for Amnesty International, aimed at supporting human rights work by Indonesian human rights defenders. Among others I compose a weekly update on Human Rights in Indonesia, with relevant developments from Indonesian sources for people interested within Amnesty, but also non-Amnesty members. You can enlist for the weekly mail by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The back issues you can read here.
November 2011 - January 2012: A follow-up assignment for SADEV (the Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation) as a member of the reference group for the SADEV team during the process of writing the country reports and the synthesis report of the evaluation of Sida's human rights programme (the Swedish International Development Agency).
17 September 2011: a contribution to the 30 years commemmoration meeting of Peace Brigades International, in Utrecht. I facilitated a session on legal instruments in the struggle by human rights defenders. The participants in the debate stressed the importance of international agreements, the use of publicity and the new strategies against impunity now possible by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
August 2011: a two-day workshop for the development of indicators in preparation of a major evaluation by SADEV (the Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation) of the human rights and democracy programmes of Sida (the Swedish International Development Agency). I presented to the evaluation team of SADEV, a model for indicators that was derived from the human rights based approach. With a number of exercises the participants concluded that this grid was very helpful in structurung the evaluation questions, in identifying white spots and narrowing down the real issue the indicators should be pointing at and in the aggregation of data.
I have elaborated this model for impact assessment into a practical tool with content-wise indicators for measurement of human rights effects and results. You can read the article here.