Saskia Ivens is an independent consultant Gender Equality, Intersectionality and Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP). She has over 20 years of experience working for Global Affairs Canada, Women’s Rights Funds, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the United Nations, and International, Dutch, Canadian and other NGOs.
On behalf of RiH and Ecorys, Saskia undertook the study on Feminist Foreign Policy for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs that informed the Netherlands’ decision to work towards a Dutch FFP. She regularly supports Global Affairs Canada with the implementation of its FFP, undertook other FFP studies, and gives talks, presentations and workshops on the topic.
Apart from and prior to her work on FFP, Saskia provides a wide range of advisory services on (Feminist) Planning Monitoring and Evaluation including baselines, mid-term reviews, evaluations and advice on project design, results-based management and theory of change; Gender Analysis Plus; Gender and Diversity Audits; and Policy, Program and Proposal Review. Themes include SRHR, Food Security and Agricultural Value Chains, Climate Change, and Education.
Saskia’s primary geographic scope includes Africa and South Asia with some work in other countries. She has an MSc in Rural Development Sociology and an Advanced Master in International Development. She has lived in Benin, Canada, Sri Lanka and Zambia and has a good network of Gender Equality Specialists in different countries.
Saskia has been collaborating with RiH since she attended one of RiH’s trainings on participatory M&E methods in 2017. She collaborated for various assignments for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the review of the CAHSS program of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and the baseline for the Green Livelihoods Alliance.