Lisa is committed to contributing to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and women’s rights. Her work includes mixed methods research, capacity building and advisory work mainly in (francophone) Africa and Latin America.
Lisa’s main areas of expertise include youth and adolescents sexuality, sexual and gender-based violence, and safe abortion. Other topics of her interest include mental health and the interlinkages between climate and health. Lisa lived for several years in Latin America where she worked closely with feminist movements. In the Netherlands she has been more involved in research and policymaking from a health systems perspective. She joined KIT Royal Tropical Institute as part of the SRHR team in 2017. She is psychologist with a master’s in international organisations and a research master’s in development studies.
This report presents the results of a study conducted within the Yes I Do programme in some of the intervention areas in Amhara region in Ethiopia in 2019 (Bahir Dar Zuria and Kewet woredas). The purpose of the study is to provide insights about the scope and the implications of child marriage cancellation with a focus on the experiences of adolescent girls and boys. The partners of the YES I DO Alliance in Ethiopia identified child marriage cancellation as an existing practice that required deeper exploration in order to inform programs aimed at eliminating child marriage and therefore selected it as the focus theme for this qualitative research.
Advocating safe abortion: outcomes of a multi‐country needs assessment on the potential role of national societies of obstetrics and gynecology
In 2019 the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) embarked on an initiative that aims to strengthen the capacity of 10 national societies of obstetrics and gynecology (ObGyn) in advocacy for safe abortion. In 2018 needs assessments that entailed a desk study, interviews, and stakeholder workshops were conducted in Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, Uganda, and Zambia. The general aim of the needs assessments was to gain a deeper understanding of the contextual situation and identify the needs of ObGyn societies in relation to safe abortion advocacy. This paper provides a cross- country analysis of the outcomes of the needs assessments and reflects on the capabilities, barriers, and opportunities to strengthen this role of ObGyn societies.
Gaining insight into the magnitude of and factors influencing child marriage, female genital mutilation/ cutting and teenage pregnancy in Ethiopia
YES I DO. is a strategic alliance of five Dutch organizations which main aim is to enhance the decision making space of young women about if, when and whom to marry as well as if, when and with whom to have children.
Ethiopia – Amhara Region The situation of child marriage in Qewet and Bahir Dar Zurida: a focus on gender roles, parenting and young people’s future perspectives
This report presents a qualitative study conducted as part of the research component of the Yes I Do programme in Ethiopia, which is being implemented in the Amhara region from 2016 until 2020. This introduction starts with a brief background of the Yes I Do programme and the objectives of the research component, after which the focus of this qualitative study, including how and why the themes addressed were selected, is presented.
Exploring possible changes in relation to child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Mozambique two and half years into the Yes I Do programme
This report contains the results of the Yes I Do midline study conducted in Nametil, the capital of Mogovolas District, Mozambique between May and July 2018. The purpose of the study is to provide insight into possible changes in relation to child marriage and teenage pregnancy and their underlying causes since the start of the Yes I Do programme in 2016.
Situation of teenage pregnancy and child marriage among in-school and out-of-school youth in Nampula and Rapale, Mozambique
Executive Summary 2017 Performance study
This report presents the findings of the YES I DO (YID) midline study, conducted in April 2018, in Group Village Head (GHV) Mangamba, Traditional Authority (TA) Liwonde, Machinga District in Malawi. The study aimed to provide insight into the (interrelated) causes and effects of child marriage and teenage pregnancy and the extent to which these causes and effects, and the three problems themselves, were present in TA Liwonde. The study also aimed to provide insight into why and how the YID intervention strategies do or do not contribute towards improved outcomes in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for young people, including prevention of child marriage and teenage pregnancy