Elsbet Lodenstein


Elsbet Lodenstein is a senior governance and gender advisor with over 15 years of experience in international development. She has a keen interest in gender and power dynamics in development, the politics of service delivery, citizenship and women and girls’ empowerment. She is skilled in programme design, monitoring and evaluation, learning and knowledge management, gender mainstreaming, gender audits, policy review, evidence synthesis, and research capacity building.

Elsbet has worked with public agencies, (I)NGOs, CSOs and women’s rights organisations across a range of sectors including local economic development, land rights, girls’ education, primary health care, health system strengthening, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in 15 countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work is funded by, among others, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, UKAID, the Netherlands Research Council, UNICEF, Belgian Technical Cooperation, Nuffic, World Bank, Plan International UK.

She has an MA in Development Studies (thesis on decentralised natural resource management) and she recently concluded her PhD research on social accountability dynamics in maternal health care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining KIT she held two long-term positions with SNV in West Africa, focusing on the implementation of a local governance and devolution programme (Mali) and the strengthening of citizen participation in the district health system (Ghana).