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Joke Manders


Joke Manders is a gender advisor with more than 12 years experience in the field of gender integration, gender equality and women’s rights in international development. She has a keen interest in gender justice and power relations. 

Joke has worked for a wide range of international (EC, Council of Europe) and bilateral development organizations (DGIS, SDC) as well as (I)NGOs and women’s rights organizations, addressing thematic areas such as (sexual) gender-based violence, women’s and girls’ empowerment, women’s public/political participation and leadership, women’s economic participation and self-reliance, socio-economic development, food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. 

Before joining KIT, Joke held a long-term position at Femconsult. While at Femconsult she collaborated closely with KIT during the implementation of the Gender Resource Facility (2014-2018), a support facility on gender equality and gender integration for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its Embassies, and partners. Prior to that, Joke was responsible for monitoring the grantees of the Dutch MoFA funded MDG3 (2008-2012) and Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW 2012-2015) programme. For the EU Gender Analysis Support project she provided advice on gender integration in the project design of EU financed projects across several development cooperation sectors.

Joke holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and conducted her thesis research on the role of smallholder farmers in Costa Rican forest conservation.


  • The political economy of priority-setting for health in South Sudan: a case study of the health pooled fund

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    In fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS) such as South Sudan, where health needs are immense, resources are scarce, health infrastructure is rudimentary or damaged, and government stewardship is weak, adequate health intervention priority-setting is especially important. There is a scarcity of research examining priority-setting in FCAS and the related political economy. Yet, capturing these dynamics […]

  • YW4A: Young Women for Awareness, Agency, Advocacy, and Accountability

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    Achieving gender equality and realising womens’ and girl’s empowerment and rights are critical elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, progress varies as young women still find their voices silenced in patriarchal families, communities and political spaces, and are subject to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).  This calls for deeper understanding and intensified efforts to contribute […]