Elly Rijnierse

Academic Background:
Masters Political Science – International Relations + Political anthropology
University of Amsterdam

Africa Studies Centre, Leiden / Centre d’Etudes d’ Afrique Noire (CEAN), Bordeaux
PhD Research: Democratisation and Globalisation in Benin (PhD unfinished)

Jan 2013 – current:
Senior Advisor, Cordaid, The Hague.
Cordaid Extractives Department
Community development in areas affected by extraction oil, gas, minerals or metals

The focus of my work is local natural resource management in the most fragile areas in the world. My experience in this area is in Sub-Sahara Africa, particularly Nigeria and Chad. I am a passionate team player, entrepreneurial and creative. I am strong in conceptual thinking and strategizing, with good writing- and presentation skills. My preferred position is policy and strategy development & management.

Project / Program Development:

  • Co-initiator of a Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative (REDD+) in the Niger Delta (2014: Scoping Study, 2015: Concept development phase)
  • Participation in the conceptualization of the Responsible Mining Index, with focus on the role of local communities (2013-2014). http://responsibleminingindex.org/
  • Co-initiator and -designer of the Business Unit Extractives of Cordaid (2013 – present), 14 FTE NL & 5 countries.
  • Co-initiator and -designer of the Minorities Program of Cordaid (2007-2010), 10 FTE in NL
  • Co-initiator and program manager of the multi-country project: “Equal participation for minorities in Central and Eastern Europe” with the Central and Eastern Europe department of Cordaid and Justitia & Pax (2004-2006).
Associate member
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