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Lisa de Graaf

Impact Economics
Junior Advisor

Lisa de Graaf is a monitoring and evaluation advisor for social impact. She holds a dual MSc. degree in Public Policy and Human Development from the United Nations University – MERIT with a specialisation in social protection.

During her BSc., Lisa lived in Cape Town for 5 months as an intern. She has experience in both quantitative as well as qualitative research methods, with a special focus on impact evaluation strategies, such as randomised control trials (RCT’s), difference in differences, and propensity score matching. She has experience in the fields of cocoa, living income gender, social – and economic – development, education, cash transfers, and social protection.


  • Towards more effective ways to address child labour in the cocoa sector

    • Institute
    • Project

    Child labour remains a persistent human rights violation in the cocoa sector, impacting children’s physical and mental health while depriving them of educational opportunities. The cocoa sector is increasingly responding to this issue by implementing innovative programmes, targeting the root causes of child labour, such as poverty and a lack of access to quality education. […]

  • Evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    In september 2023, KIT completed a mid-term evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes, an international land use management programme of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evaluation assesses whether ISLA is on track to reach its goals, and provides recommendations for the second half of the programme. […]

  • The potential of landscape approaches for addressing child labour in sustainability programmes in the cocoa sector

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT is working with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to map the initiatives that have taken measures to address child labour in West Africa using a landscape, or an area-based, approach. A landscape approach A landscape approach in a programme is a holistic strategy that addresses complex issues by involving all the stakeholders, recognising their […]

  • Nestlé Income Accelerator Programme (IAP)

    • Institute
    • Project

    This innovative intervention aims to tackle child labour, decrease poverty, promote diversification and push for more gender equality. The Income Accelerator Programme (IAP) is a four-year program initiated by Nestlé and six of their traders aimed at increasing the income levels of 10,000 cocoa farming households in Côte d’Ivoire while reducing the prevalence and risk of […]