Katherine Belen is a consultant for UN Women (having worked with over 12 country offices in Asia Pacific and Europe), and other UN and international organisations. She also manages a development consulting firm based in the Netherlands. Katherine holds an MBA in International Organisations from the University of Geneva, and a PhD in Political Science for which she researched aid effectiveness, decolonising aid & engaging grassroots organisations in the Global South,. Katherine gained her PhD at at the West University of Timisoara where she also taught courses in political science, such as feminism & post-colonialism for International Development Master's students.
Currently, Katherine mainstreams gender into United Nations country development frameworks and other sectoral plans in several countries. She also develops evidence-based programme design and strategies to end violence against women for UN Women country offices in Asia Pacific and Europe.
With over 20 years of experience managing gender and human rights programmes, Katherine has worked in Geneva, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean & South America on developing strategies for change—policy and behaviour change—to fulfil the rights of women and marginalised groups. She advises on, and conducts, evidence-based programme design, gender analysis & mainstreaming, research, training, M&E, and rights-based advocacy on issues, such as: gender-based violence prevention, SRHR, youth, inclusion and disability, humanitarian action and crisis response.
I also have programme implementation expertise in the Global South with extensive experience in CSO and grassroots community mobilisation and training, local governance and participation, policy advocacy and social norm change.