The Advisory Board acts as a sounding board for the Voice coordination and country teams. It provides advice on key components of Voice - including the methodology for the mid-term and final review and work with the various target groups - and it endorses the annual plans and budgets. In addition to these roles the inaugural meeting saw the Advisory Board adopt two new roles: an active contribution to the long-term financial sustainability of Voice as well as serving as Voice ambassadors to further Voice’s objectives regarding dissemination, awareness raising and credibility.
The Advisory Board meets in August of each year to review progress of the previous year and endorse plans and budgets for the coming year. All minutes will be made available via this page.
The meeting minutes of the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board held on 30 and 31 of August 2016 can be found here.
The meeting minutes of the extraordinary meeting of the Advisory Board held on 7th of February 2017 can be found here.
The meeting minutes of the third meeting of the Advisory Board held on 3rd of October 2017 can be found here.
The meeting minutes of the fourth meeting of the Advisory Board held on 19th of January 2018 can be found here.
Director Programme and Campaigns, Oxfam Novib, Netherlands
Ton Meijers studied Irrigation and Soil and Water Conservation at Wageningen Agricultural University. From 1985 till 1989 he worked for the WUR as an irrigation engineer in northern Senegal, where he was involved in design and implementation of village irrigation schemes. From 1989 till 1991 he worked as a lecturer at the WUR Department of Irrigation and Soil and Water Conservation focusing at organisation and use of village irrigation schemes and the involvement of users in the design process. From 1991 till 1994 Ton worked as an irrigation advisor for SNV Tanzania supporting the development, implementation, M&E of traditional irrigation improvement projects (organisation, gender, infrastructure, soil conservation) in 7 districts in Tanzania. Since 1994 he has been working at Oxfam Novib, in various capacities including a programme officer for West Africa, regional director for East and Southeast Asia. He was a member of Oxfam International’s Tsunami Fund Management Team and manager for the Oxfam Novib tsunami response in Southeast Asia. Ton was project leader for the development of ON's strategy and business plan 2011 - 2015 and the MFS subsidy request. From July 2011 till July 2015 he was heading the Knowledge and Programme Management department. From July 2015 till September 2017 he managed the programme support and impact unit responsible for the knowledge hub governance and active citizenship, for country relation management, programme support, and impact measurement. In September 2017 he joined the Board of Directors as director programme and campaigns.
Executive Director of Partos, Netherlands / Chair Advisory Board Voice
As from February 2014, Bart Romijn is Executive Director of Partos, the Dutch association for development cooperation, totalling 105 member organisations. Bart headed the association into its future scenario ‘Connecting for Innovation and Impact’. In a diverse range of organisations and initiatives Bart is active on the subject of the Sustainable Development Goals, such as through his board membership of the Worldconnectors, the World’s Best News Campaign, and the soon to be established Steering Group of the Dutch SDG Charter. Between 2004 and 2014 Bart was Director at Warner Strategy & Fundraising BV, a private company providing organisational and revenue generating advice. Bart also founded and led (for fifteen years) AIDEnvironment, a social enterprise avant-la-lettre, active in the fields of development co-operation, biodiversity conservation and environment.
Anke van Dam
Strategic Policy Advisor, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Anke has had an extensive career in the field of education, gender and development in several countries in Latin America. She also did research on popular education, intercultural and bilingual education and on empowerment programmes for women’s organisations. Since 2001 she has been working with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in both The Hague as well as the Embassy in Bolivia. For the last two years she has worked as a Strategic Policy Advisor within the Department of Social Development focusing on inclusion within the overall new strategic framework Dialogue and Dissent of the Netherlands. Between 2008 and 2014 Anke was based at the Netherlands Embassy in Bolivia in a dual function: leading the Development Cooperation Department as well as the Education and Emancipation Expert. For the latter she worked closely with the Bolivian Ministry of Education and with local NGO’s working on gender, education and human rights Anke holds a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.
Director Hivos, Netherlands
Mr. Edwin Huizing is a Dutch national leading the Humanistic Institute of Development Cooperation (Hivos) since 2013. Before assuming this post Edwin served as Director of the East and South Africa Sub regional Office of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA, 2010-2013), overseeing the implementation of UNFPA’s policy, programmes and finances as well as lead the UNFPA team in Eastern and Southern Africa to provide support to the Country Offices and their partners in advocacy, programming, technical and financial areas. Prior to joining UNFPA, Edwin served as Executive Director of the Dutch Council for Refugees, the largest Dutch Refugee-supporting NGO, from 2006 to 2010. During that period, he led and oversaw their change process integrating a more business oriented approach. He served as Country Representative of the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in Mali from 1996-2001 as well as held several other posts with SNV in Mali, Niger and Botswana.
Founder and President, Samburu Girls Foundation, Kenya
A Sambura herself Josephine Kulea is the Founder and President of the Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF), a Kenyan NGO fighting against retrogressive practices in pastoralist communities. Josephine is a courageous youth activist and a nurse by profession addressing harmful cultural practices facing children in the pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. As president of SGF she rescues girls from female genital mutilation, child marriages and beading and takes all the rescued girls to boarding schools for education and safeguarding. She has passion for what she does hence she has been able to venture into a field where not many people are bold enough to do. Her tremendous work has been recognised widely and has been awarded numerous awards including: Unsung Hero 2011, Head of State Commendation 2012, Gender Based Violence Champion 2013, UN Person of the Year 2013, Inspiring Woman 2014, Nominee for Transform Kenya awards 2014 and YALI Washington Fellow 2014, Vital Voices Lead Program 2015, African Union Youth Hero 2015 and was recently recognised by President Obama for her work during his recent visit to Kenya. She also received Honorary Doctorate Degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Her dream is to see children enjoying their full rights, and the eradication of the above harmful cultural practices through resource mobilisation to sensitise and educate the affected communities in Kenya and in Africa as a whole.
Trainer and researcher: disability rights and gender justice, India.
Nidhi Goyal is a disabled feminist from India. Working at the intersection of disability and gender, she is committed to changing the lives of women and girls with disabilities. Nidhi’s work spans research, writing, training, campaigns, advocacy, and art. She is the Sexuality and Disability Program Director at the non-profit Point of View where she has researched and co-authored a pioneering online initiative www.sexualityanddisability.org— a comprehensive online resource on disability, gender, sexuality and violence. Extending the reach of this platform, Nidhi designs and delivers accessible trainings across India and across impairments. Nidhi also consults with a range of national and global womens’ and human rights organisations. She is a researcher for Human Rights Watch and serves as regular faculty at CREA Institutes on sexuality, gender and rights. Nidhi has been actively advocating at policy and legislative levels in India to address issues of girls and women with disabilities. She works to raise the profile of issues at the intersection of disability and gender through op-eds, journal articles, lectures in national and international forums. Nidhi has been appointed to the prestigious civil society advisory group of UN women’s Executive Director and also sits on the board of ‘Standing Tall’ – an Indian affiliate of Handicap International—as well as on the international planning committee of AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development). Finally, she is a standup comic artist who uses humour to challenge prevalent notions around disability, gender and sexuality, and has performed in three countries within six months of her debut. You can read more about Nidhi’s work on Twitter @saysnidhigoyal.