KEK – CDC

We are experts in development in government agencies and non-profit organisations. Our tools are analysis, advice and evaluation.

We work in Switzerland and worldwide. We are convinced that solutions work when people act together and in a participatory way.
team  |  Marina Häusermann

Scientific assistant, MA History

Marina Häusermann

E-Mail
044 368 58 77

Education

MA History, Social Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State, University of Bern 
BA Contemporary History, Social Anthropology, University of Fribourg 
CAS in Evaluation, University of Bern

Working Experience

Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kosovo, Russia, France, Palestine, Tanzania

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French, Russian

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team  |  Dr. Kathrin Frey

Co-Managing Director, Partner, PhD in Political Science

Dr. Kathrin Frey

E-Mail
044 368 58 98

Education

PhD in Political Science, University of Zurich
Licentiate in Political Science, Business and Economics, International Law, University of Zurich

Areas of Competency

Education, health (prevention and health promotion), evidence-based policy-making

Key Qualifications

Advisory services for public administration at the federal, cantonal and local level, and for non-profit organisation. Design and implementation of evaluations and analyses of measures, projects and programmes. Concept development and moderation of development processes. Design and implementation of workshops, training modules.

Languages

German, English, French
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team  |  Sophie Staheyeff

Scientific Assistant, MA Development Studies

Sophie Staheyeff

E-Mail
044 368 58 30

Education

MA in Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex 
BLaw in Law, University of Fribourg

Experiences abroad

United Kingdom, Peru, Colombia, Chile

Languages

French, English, German, Spanish
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team  |  Céline Kohlprath

Partner, MA in International Relations

Céline Kohlprath

E-Mail
044 368 58 20

Education

MA in International Relations, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva 2006 (Erasmus in Granada, Spain, 2004)
CAS Media Relations, MAZ the Swiss School of Journalism, Lucerne 2014
Postgraduate degree in Culture and Art Management, Institut für Kulturkonzepte, Vienna, Austria 2012

What defines me best

I am results-oriented and have a flair for effective decision-making processes. My professional raison d'être is to accompany organizational change that integrates the human factor as part of the process. I aim to support responsible communication in international cooperation.

Working experience

Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Mali, Philippines

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic expertise: Refugee protection and internally displaced persons, migration policy, humanitarian aid, international cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Advocacy and institutional communication: Development and implementation of efficient multi-annual strategies with the active participation of the target groups. Monitoring and impact evaluation (M&E) of national and international awareness campaigns.
  • Multi-stakeholder project management: Expertise in strategic planning of large-scale projects using logical framework analysis and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Organizational development: Support of communication strategies in change management processes and implementation of Knowledge Management practices.
  • Coaching in interview techniques and crisis communication.
  • Moderation and facilitation of workshops, press conferences and public events (up to 150 participants).
  • Network: Sound knowledge of Swiss institutions, NGOs and the UN sectoral coordination system.

Languages

French, German, English, Spanish, Italian
 
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team  |  Magali Bernard

Partner, M.Sc. in Criminal Sciences

Magali Bernard

E-Mail
044 368 58 76

Education

MSc., School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne
Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation, University of Berne

Working Experience

Several years of working experience in multicultural, multidisciplinary and complex environments, on bilateral and multilateral cooperation programmes, in various countries and regions:
Africa (Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa), Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania), Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland

Area of Competency

  • Thematic areas:
Justice, Security, Democratic governance, Rule of law, Human rights, Migration and Social integration.
  • Services:
Advisory services to public administration at national and local levels as well as to non-profit organisations, multilateral and bilateral agencies active in development cooperation, in particular:
institutional and capacity assessment; project / programme design and management; strategic planning and strategy development; evaluation of projects, programmes and strategies; mentoring institutions on quality assurance; facilitation of workshops and experts group meetings.

Languages

French, English, German
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team  |  Dieter Zürcher

Partner, M. A. in Geography

Dieter Zürcher

E-Mail
044 368 58 78

Education

Licentiate in Geography at University of Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Knowledge Management, Organisation performance, Economic transformation, Rural development and income generation, Decentralisation and local governance, Migration, Sustainable development

Working Experience

Albania, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tansania, Vietnam

Key Qualifications

Participatory conceptualisation of development cooperation projects and programmes with logical framework and result based management concepts, Project and programme management in an interdisciplinary environment, Evaluation and impact assessment of various projects and programmes for public authorities as well as NGOs quality management in development cooperation, Design and implementation of applied research projects, Moderation of groups and organisational development processes, Conceptualisation and delivery of various training courses (in Switzerland, developing and transition countries)

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

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team  |  Carsten Schulz

Partner, Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator

Carsten Schulz

E-Mail
044 368 85 75

Education

Master of Advanced Studies in Development Cooperation (MAS ETH D&C) at NADEL, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
Study of Forest Sciences (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic:

Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Income Generation, Private Sector-Development, Decentralization and Local Governance.

  • Methodic:

Project Management; Facilitation (incl. e-Facilitation); Planning, support and evaluation of projects; Coaching, Counselling and Organizational Development.

Working Experience

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Panama, Romania, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Key Qualifications

  • Project Management:

Proven management and leadership experience of managing projects in complex and intercultural situations, using a multi-stakeholder approach.

  • Facilitation:

Extensive experiences in workshop facilitation (face to face events, conferences up to 200 participants). Facilitation of e-discussions and animation of online networks.

Coaching, counseling and organizational development to organizations, project teams and individuals – including facilitation of team retreats and individual leadership coaching.

  • Knowledge Management:

Guiding knowledge sharing and learning processes; support and backstopping to thematic networks as well as to project teams and individuals. Capitalization of project experiences and results.

  • Training:

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting training courses (in an intercultural environment). Topics include all issues in the above mentioned competences as well as project cycle management, monitoring & evaluation.
Private Sector Development in rural development as well as natural resources management. Conceptualizing, planning and managing projects and programs using approaches such as value chain development or market systems development (e.g. M4P).

Languages

German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

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team  |  Niels Rump

Partner, Agronomist and Biologist

Niels Rump

E-Mail
044 368 58 74

Education

Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Master of Science in Agronomy University of Algarve, Portugal
Master of Advanced Studies in Human Systems Engineering, University of Applied Science Western Switzerland   

Working Experience

Africa (Benin, Kenia, Mozambique) Asia (China) South-America (Brazil) Europe (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal). 

Key Qualifications

  • Adult Training:

Training and coaching of trainers, coordination and designing of training programs, e-learning.

  • Facilitation & participative methods:

Training for facilitators with focus on group performance, strategies and methods, coaching and facilitation of large group events, e-facilitation of platforms and webinars.

  • Organisational development:

Consultancy, coaching and expertise, team coaching, traning and coaching for board members and leaders.

  • Rural extension and advisory:

Methodology, designing training concept, training and coaching of advisors.

  • Business Management:

Strategic planning, HR, marketing, trade logistics, quality management (ISO).

  • Project management:

Training and coaching of project managers, outcome mapping and outcome harvesting.

Languages

French, German, English, Portuguese, Spanish

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team  |  Roman Troxler

Co-Managing Director, Partner, M.A. in International Economic

Roman Troxler

E-Mail
044 368 58 15

Education

M.A. in International Economic Policy
M.A. in International Affairs and Governance
B.A. in International Affairs 

Working Experience

Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo (South Kivu), Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia

Key Qualifications

Planning and backstopping of development projects (mainly in the fields of economic development and skills) with logical frameworks and results chains, Project evaluations including cost-benefit analyses, Employment and labour market analyses.

Languages

German, French, English

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team  |  Daniel Wegmann

Business economist (freelancer)

Daniel Wegmann

E-Mail

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team  |  Dragana Matic

Administration

Dragana Matic

E-Mail
044 368 58 01

Fields of activity

Administration, accounting

Working experience

USA, Canada

Languages

German, English, Serbian

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team  |  Markus Engler

Partner, M.Sc. Civil Engineering

Markus Engler

E-Mail
044 368 58 73

Education

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Regional Planning and Structural Engineering) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH) Zurich
Post-graduate studies in Development and Cooperation (NADEL) at ETH in Zurich.

Areas of Competency

Consultant in Organisational Development, Planning, Process-Management and Evaluation

Working Experience

Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, India, Laos, Lesotho, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand

Key Qualifications

Planning, Process-Management and Evaluation

Languages

German, English, French, Nepali
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19.05.2022

Study tour of the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system


In April 2022 and May 2022, KEK-CDC organised a study tour for two Albanian delegations working for Swisscontact’s Skills4Jobs project to discover the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system. During the study tour, the participants visited important actors in the field of VET, such as schools, companies, and professional associations, and learned how they work together to educate young people and equip them with the skills they need for the job market. They also saw the social responsibility the actors had towards Switzerland’s youth and the quality of their education, one of the many elements that make up the country’s successful VET system.

The main takeaways from the study tour were that:
> an alignment and clarity of purpose throughout the actors regarding the framework and the goals of the VET system is essential
> using a participatory approach when defining an occupation and developing training standards plays an important role in the sustainability of the system
> synergies and regular coordination between the private sector, the schools and the state are one of the pillars of the Swiss system and helps to create to a strong VET culture

We look forward to seeing how this experience shapes the implementation of the Skills4Jobs project in Albania and thank all the actors for their warm welcome.

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19.05.2022
Study tour of the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system
In spring 2022, KEK-CDC organised a study tour for two Albanian delegations to discover the Swiss dual vocational education (VET) system. The participants visited important actors in the field of VET, such as schools, companies, and professional associations, and learned how they work together to educate young people and equip them with the skills they need for the job market.
What were the participants’ main takeaways and how will this experience shape the implementation of their project in Albania?

01.03.2022

New partner at KEK - CDC


Céline Kohlprath has long standing experience in managing multi-stakeholder projects and in strategic planning in emergency situations, gained during her assignments for the United Nations and the Swiss government. As a former journalist, she has specialized in advocacy work and institutional communications throughout her career. Her expertise and interests lie in the areas of migration, humanitarian aid, development cooperation and sustainable development.

Céline Kohlprath
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01.03.2022
New partner at KEK - CDC
Céline Kohlprath is joining our team as a new partner. We welcome her and look forward to working with her!

18.02.2022

Independent Evaluation of the New Regional Policy 2016-2023 [in German]


Wo steht die Neue Regionalpolitik des Bundes? Ist sie relevant und wirksam? Und vor allem: welche Empfehlungen lassen sich aus dem bisher Erreichten für die Zukunft ableiten?

Diese Fragen untersuchte KEK-CDC in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Systemisches Management und Public Governance der Universität St. Gallen im Auftrag des Staatssekretariates für Wirtschaft (SECO).

Die Neue Regionalpolitik (NRP) hat zum Ziel, die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der strukturschwachen Regionen zu stärken. Sie wurde 2008 als Verbundaufgabe zwischen Bund und Kantonen lanciert. Zurzeit wird das zweite Mehrjahresprogramm 2016-2023 umgesetzt.

Die Evaluation kommt zum Schluss, dass die NRP ihren Zweck erfüllt und Wirkung erzielt. Durch die Mobilisierung von Akteuren und Investitionen für periphere Regionen werden die Innovationsfähigkeit und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit gestärkt.

Die Erkenntnisse aus der Evaluation unter der Leitung von Dr. Kathrin Frey und Dieter Zürcher wurden in Kooperation mit der Agentur Sags GmbH in Form einer Webseite aufbereitet.

Schauen Sie den Kommentar von Eric Jakob, Botschafter, Leiter der Direktion für Standortförderung des SECO, hören Sie den Kurzbericht in der Audiofassung oder lesen Sie die Erkenntnisse des Gesamtberichts.

Dieter Zürcher
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18.02.2022
Independent Evaluation of the New Regional Policy 2016-2023 [in German]
Wo steht die Neue Regionalpolitik des Bundes? Ist sie relevant und wirksam? Und vor allem: welche Empfehlungen lassen sich aus dem bisher Erreichten für die Zukunft ableiten?
Diese Fragen untersuchte KEK-CDC in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Systemisches Management und Public Governance der Universität St. Gallen im Auftrag des Staatssekretariates für Wirtschaft (SECO).

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26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



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03.02.2022
Publication : Advocacy - The socio-political work of non-profit organisations and foundations [in German]
Wie wichtig ist Advocacy-Arbeit für Förderstiftungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen, und was zeichnet erfolgreiche Advocacy-Strategien aus?  Anhand eines Fallbeispiels zur «Politik der frühen Kindheit» der Jacobs Foundation untersuchten Dr. Kathrin Frey und Robert Schmuki die gesellschaftspolitische Arbeit von Förderstiftungen und Nonprofit-Organisationen.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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11.11.2021
KEK – CDC featured in RECONOMY podcast series
Last month, our co-managing director Roman Troxler was invited to share his insight on Cost-Benefit Analyses (CBA) in Market Systems Development Projects on RECONOMY’s Inclusive Plug Podcast along with two economic development experts of HELVETAS.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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20.09.2021
New co-management for KEK – CDC
Kathrin Frey and Roman Troxler will take over the management of KEK - CDC from Franz Kehl as of 1 November 2021.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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29.01.2021
Evaluation of the New Regional Policy
The New Regional Policy (NRP) of the Swiss Confederation, which has been in place since 2008, pursues the goal of supporting mountain regions, other rural areas and border regions in their regional economic development.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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21.08.2020
Evaluation in times of Covid-19 
Covid-19 has changed our daily and working lives and restricted our freedom of movement. What does this mean for evaluation projects? And how do you conduct evaluations at a distance? Marina Häusermann investigated these questions as part of her CAS thesis at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern.

26.05.2019

Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



Dr. Kathrin Frey
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26.05.2019
Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF
KEK - CDC, together with the B,S,S. office, has evaluated the National Dementia Strategy.  The health magazine Puls has now reported on the results.

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Swiss Embassy Kyiv on behalf of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC

Evaluation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2019

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From 2015 - 2018, the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv was involved in the implementation of more than 100 projects as Switzerland’s support to the transition in Ukraine with an estimated budget of 142 Mio CHF. 

KEK - CDC was entrusted by the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv to evaluate the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015-2019, jointly prepared by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Human Security Division. 

KEK - CDC together with two peers from SDC and SECO and supported by a national consultant conducted this evaluation with the aim, to assess the strategic orientation of the Swiss involvement in Ukraine in all areas of intervention.  

The evaluation included concrete recommendations for the new strategy 2020 – 2023 of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine and has been published with a Management Response by the involved Federal Offices. 

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Evaluation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2019
From 2015 - 2018, the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv was involved in the implementation of more than 100 projects as Switzerland’s support to the transition in Ukraine with an estimated budget of 142 Mio CHF. 
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The Quality and Resources Division (WEQA) of SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development Division supports the operational departments in the conception and implementation of economic and trade policy measures with developing countries, the states of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the new member states of the European Union.

For more than ten years KEK - CDC has been supporting WEQA within the framework of a professional backstopping. The main objective of the current support phase is to continue to support WEQA in the consistent and efficient application of the guidelines and instruments already developed, both in risk-based management and in internal reviews and evaluations. Tasks include the application of tools for impact-oriented, efficient and sustainable implementation of programs and projects as well as the identification and integration of latest international best practices. 

The comprehensive analysis of all evaluations of SECO projects are included in SECO WE's biennial performance report. In addition, backstopping helps to promote internal learning in WEQA as well as in the operational departments.

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Backstopping of SECO WE in Results-Based Management und Evaluation
The Quality and Resources Division (WEQA) of SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development Division supports the operational departments in the conception and implementation of economic and trade policy measures with developing countries, the states of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the new member states of the European Union.
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