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  |  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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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  |  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  |  Dragana Matic

Assistant

Dragana Matic

E-Mail
044 368 58 01

Working experience

USA, Canada

Languages

German, English, Serbian

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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  |  Franz Kehl

Managing Partner, M.A. in Political Science and History

Franz Kehl

E-Mail
044 368 58 79

Education

Licentiate in Political Sciences, Contemporary History, Communication and Media Science at University of Fribourg. 

Areas of Competency

  • Thematic: (Vocational) education, labour, social work, migration and integration
  • Methodic: planning, moderation, evaluation, project management

Working Experience

Albania, Austria, Bosnia y Herzegovina, Georgia (South Caucasus), Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia

Key Qualifications

Advisory services for public administration at local, cantonal and federal level as well as non-profit organisations in the fields of vocational and professional education and training, labour market insertion, social welfare, and migration and integration policies.

Languages

German, English, French
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team  |  Roman Troxler

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  |  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  |  Daniel Wegmann

Business economist (freelancer)

Daniel Wegmann

E-Mail

06070809101112
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  |  Dr. Kathrin Frey

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  |  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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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.

Kathrin Frey and Roman Troxler both joined KEK - CDC in spring 2017. Kathrin Frey, who holds a doctorate in political science, is responsible for the conception and conduct of evaluations and analyses of public policies (laws, programmes, projects) in Switzerland. Her work also focuses on the facilitation of development and exchange processes. Roman Troxler has extensive experience in planning, advising and evaluating international cooperation projects and programmes, particularly in the thematic fields of economics, employment and vocational training. With their different backgrounds and experience, they complement each other ideally and cover all essential thematic and service areas of KEK - CDC.

Franz Kehl will continue to work as a partner at KEK - CDC until the end of 2021 and support the transition of the management. In January 2022, he will take up a new challenge as a member of the management of Swisscontact. We would like to thank Franz Kehl for his fifteen years of commitment to the company (including six years as Managing Director) and wish him all the success in his future endeavours.

Franz Kehl
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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.

29.01.2021

Evaluation of the New Regional Policy


SECO has commissioned KEK-CDC in cooperation with the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance of the University of St.Gallen and the communication agency sags with the independent evaluation of the multi-year program NRP 2016-2023. The evaluation will be implemented in the 1st half of 2021 using a diverse methodological approach.
 

Dieter Zürcher
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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.

21.08.2020

Evaluation in times of Covid-19 


Marina Häusermann investigated these questions as part of her CAS thesis at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern. The full CAS thesis can be found here.

Marina Häusermann
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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.
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Evaluation of the national dementia strategy on SRF



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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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since 2018
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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 2019

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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