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Poverty-Wellbeing.net is financially supported by the Quality Assurance section of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). The thematic content is managed by a team of resource persons at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, who include an Editorial Board of specialists who are responsible for comment on current debates and issues.

SDC Quality Assurance Section

The SDC Quality Assurance Section and QA Network seek to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of SDC projects and programmes. In addition to context-sensitive and targeted planning, all SDC projects undergo monitoring and evaluation, including result-oriented reporting. This fosters learning and enhances project steering within the Project Management Cycle, as well as making it possible to report reliably on project effectiveness. The Quality Assurance section formulates and develops the standards and instruments needed for such reporting, consolidates the training required, and coaches staff members as necessary.

For more information on the SDC Quality Assurance Section, please visit their website: http://www.sdc.admin.ch/en/Home/About_SDC/Organisation/Regional_Cooperation/Quality_Assurance_Section_and_Network


Anne Moulin
SDC Quality Assurance
Berne, Switzerland

Anne Moulin joined SDC in 2008 and is currently working as an Adviser in the Quality Assurance and Aid Effectiveness section with a focus on poverty, inequality, social inclusion and empowerment issues. Anne’s work focuses on ensuring that SDC's policies and result agenda are oriented towards reducing poverty and inequalities while promoting empowerment. She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Before joining SDC she worked for the Swiss Federal Office for Migration, for a Swiss NGO in Algeria and for the Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Burundi and DRC. 

Thematic Content

This website is managed on behalf of SDC by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, one of the most experienced and largest development organizations in Switzerland. It came into existence in July 2011 through the merger of two organizations: Helvetas (founded in 1955) and Intercooperation (founded in 1982). For more information, please visit http://www.helvetas.org

Editorial Board

Sarah.JPG Sarah Byrne
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Advisor, Local Governance and Civil Society
Berne, Switzerland

Sarah Byrne works as an advisor for local governance and civil society with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, with a particular focus on issues of accountability and empowerment. She is currently also working towards a PhD at the University of Zurich on the post-conflict negotiation of local governance authority in rural mid-Western Nepal. Previously Sarah worked as a governance advisor for Intercooperation and as a researcher at the Institute of Federalism, University Fribourg.

jane.jpg Jane Carter
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Gender & Social Equity Coordinator
Berne, Switzerland

Jane Carter joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in 1997. At the merger, she took up her current position of Coordinator, Gender and Social Equity, which entails guiding the mainstreaming of gender equality and social equity throughout the organisation through specific thematic inputs, distance coaching, and back-stopping missions to country programmes and individual projects. Having a background in participatory natural resource management, particularly community forestry, her main geographical experience lies in Asia (notably Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan), although she has now has a global geographical remit in her work. Jane has a first class Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from Oxford University, UK, and a doctorate in Rural Development Forestry from the same university.

Pascal Fendrich_1.jpg Pascal Fendrich
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Programme Coordinator West Africa & Advisor Migration
Berne, Switzerland

Pascal Fendrich works as deputy coordinator for the West Africa programme and as an advisor on migration. He joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in 2010 as a Governance Adviser in Kosovo. He has a Master in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, and a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Following his studies Pascal worked as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe.

Anne_Sophie_GINDROZ.jpg Anne-Sophie Gindroz
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Regional Advocacy Coordinator for Asia
Berne, Switzerland

Anne-Sophie Gindroz joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in 2004 as Country Director in Mali, after having worked for the SDC, the European Commission, the ICRC and Swisscontact. She then became Country Director in Laos and is now Regional Advocacy Coordinator for Asia. She has been engaging in the Aid and Development Effectiveness process, focusing in particular on creating a civil society enabling environment. She has also been advocating for resources rights of communities challenged by extractive industries and industrial plantations. By education, she is a lawyer and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies.


Tania Rohrer
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Program Advisor
Kabul, Afghanistan

Tania Rohrer joined HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Head Office in 2007 as Programme Coordinator for West Africa and subsequently South East Asia after having worked for seven years with GIZ in different Latin American countries on gender and governance issues. In 2011 she joined the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation team in Afghanistan where she currently supports rural livelihood related activities as a programme advisor. Her special interests lie in sustainable livelihoods, economic development, governance, and gender and social inclusion. She holds an MSc in Geography and a Master’s degree in Governance and Human Development.

Bernd_Steimann.JPG Bernd Steimann
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Development Policy Coordinator
Zurich, Switzerland

Bernd Steimann works as a development policy coordinator at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. He received his PhD degree in geography at the University of Zürich in 2010. For his doctoral studies he based his field research in Kyrgyzstan, focussing on rural development and socio-economic disparities, the governance and management of alpine pastures, and processes of post-socialist transformation. From 2002 to 2005 he researched the relations between state and non-state actors in regard to forest management in Northern Pakistan. Before joining HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation he has worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne.

Web Manager

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Robin Bartlett Rissi
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Web Manager
Berne, Switzerland

Robin Bartlett Rissi began working as a webmaster at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in the summer of 2012. She received her Master’s degree in political science and environmental studies at the University of Bern in 2009. Her master’s thesis was on the effect of party systems in Africa and Asia on the quality of democracy. Before joining HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation she worked as an intern and then political advisor at Peace Women Across the Globe, WWF Switzerland and Swiss BirdLife.

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