Saskia Vossenberg

KIT Sustainable Economic Development & Gender

Senior Advisor


Saskia Vossenberg is a senior adviser and researcher with over fifteen years of international experience in how to integrate and operationalize gender concepts in development policies, programs and business models. She specializes in gender and private sector development, women’s entrepreneurship, inclusive business, frugal innovation and impact financing. Saskia is well-trained in designing qualitative and mixed methods policy analysis and research and course development, training and teaching. Next to her work with KIT, Saskia is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) where she explores the relationships between ‘inclusive innovations’ that seek to impact women’s business growth and gendered institutions.


  • Vossenberg, S. (2016) Investing in female entrepreneurs: strategies for improved wellbeing. Blog published by INCLUDE Knowledge Platform for Inclusive Development.
  • Vossenberg, S. and Gomez, G. (forthcoming 2017) Market Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Rippling gendered institutions? The case of Malawi’s Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Publication in NJAS – Wageningen Journal for Life Sciences.
  • Vossenberg, S. (Forthcoming 2017) How Frugal Innovations can become Inclusive Innovations. Gender at the Intersection. Working paper for Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), The Netherlands. To be published in the European Journal for Development Research.
  • Vossenberg, S. (2016) Chikondi (love) is good for business. Blog published by INCLUDE Knowledge Platform for Inclusive Development.
  • Vossenberg, S. (2016) Connectivity, profit and what else? Women entrepreneurs benefiting from ICT innovations. Blog published by INCLUDE Knowledge Platform for Inclusive Development.


  •  How do market innovations affect women’s business growth in Sub-Saharan Africa? Case study research of a mobile banking system, a virtual business hub and market price-discovery information system in Malawi (CFIA – ISS, The Hague)
  • Gender-smart inclusive business models and tools to support companies who wish to design inclusive value chains for mutual benefit (with Endeva, Germany).
  • Integrating gender in private sector development instruments of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). So that they contribute to women’s entrepreneurship development and decent employment in developing economies.
  • Learning on Gender and Inclusive Business (for Food and Business Knowledge Platform and WOTRO)
  • Desk research and policy analysis: impact studies of women’s entrepreneurship development programmes on women’s business growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. For INCLUDE Knowledge platform for Inclusive Development (INCLUDE)
  • Assessment study of the inclusive business portfolio of Asian Development Bank and IFC on how investment in inclusive business strategies contribute to women’s economic empowerment.
  • Course development and programme management of the executive course on Women’s Entrepreneurship Promotion (WEP) for Maastricht School of Management
  • Integration of gender concepts in NIMDs Women’s Political Empowerment programmes in Colombia, Tunisia and Kenya. Operationalizing gender in NIMDs political party assistant strategies and instruments for multiparty dialogue