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Selma van der Haar

Impact Economics

Selma van der Haar is a Development Economics/Impact Evaluation Advisor in KITs Impact Economics Team. She has over 9 years of experience in impact evaluation and applied policy research in agriculture and health.

Her work focuses on the interplay between global value chains, deforestation and land degradation and smallholder decision making, and wellbeing. She has studied the impacts of public policies (e.g. REDD+, agricultural development programmes), private sustainability programmes and standards (e.g. Fairtrade, RSPO, CSR programmes) and integrated landscape approaches. At KIT Selma is working on, amongst others, child labour and living income in the cocoa value chain and the effect of smallholder certification on deforestation.

Prior to joining KIT, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and an Impact Evaluation consultant at APE Public Economics. In these capacities she has been involved in over a dozen policy evaluations and other research and development projects commissioned by, amongst others, the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), and USAID.

Selma has lived in Kenya and worked in several countries in Africa (Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda) and Asia (Nepal, Indonesia). She has a strong interest in research methodology (including ToC assessment and OECD-DAC criteria) and is well-versed in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. She also has experience facilitating workshops and discussions.

Selma holds and MSc. in Development Economics from Wageningen University and an MSc. in Health Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is currently pursuing a PhD research in rural agricultural development, studying smallholder aspirations in relation to climate-smart agriculture policies in Ghana.


  • 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. […]

  • The Effects of Fairtrade on Deforestation Among Cocoa and Coffee Producers

    • Institute
    • Project

    An analysis of the effects of Fairtrade’s financial regulations and other Fairtrade interventions on deforestation at the producer level. Programme background Fairtrade’s new Theory of Change assumes that its interventions – standard requirements and tools, pricing tools, producer support including climate academies and deforestation data and intelligence – will contribute to building climate resilient practices […]

  • 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 […]