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Nicolette Matthijsen

“EQUAL – Championing Civic Space” Manager at Oxfam Novib

Nicolette is currently the manager of “EQUAL – Championing Civic Space” unit at Oxfam Novib. She has a strong background in governance, gender justice and social inclusion. She developed expertise in planning, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions, programme/project management, multi-actor collaboration, project/programme development, capacity and leadership strengthening, strategic thinking, and partnership development. She is a leading member of several Oxfam International communities of practice (youth, transformative leadership for women’s rights, and sexual diversity and gender identity/expression).

Between 1988 and 2014, Nicolette held various positions abroad and on different continents. For almost 20 years she worked with SNV Netherlands Development Organisations as Gender Advisor, Project and Programme Manager and Country Director in Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Bolivia, Bhutan, Albania and Laos. Additionally, she worked for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation as the Country Director in Madagascar. From September 2014 she has managed Oxfam Novib’s programme in Yemen, Gender Justice projects, Youth projects and in 2021 she is engaged with Oxfam Novib’s civic space work.

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