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Lea Smidt

Evaluation Synthesis on (Official) German Development Cooperation in Fragile Contexts

Current evaluations

Human Rights in German Development Cooperation

Completed Evaluations

Key qualifications

  • Thematic interests: civil society, decentralisation, fragile states, social protection, gender
  • Methodological skills: (quasi-)experimental designs, text mining, multilevel modelling, geodata analysis
  • Regional focus: sub-Saharan Africa

Curiculum Vitae

Lea Smidt joined DEval as an evaluator in June 2019 after a 6-months DAAD fellowship at the UNDP’s International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC) in Brasília (Brazil). At IPC, she mainly worked on a child poverty assessment in Sudan. She gained further professional experience in an NGO in Kara (Togo), at the German Embassy in Nairobi (Kenya) as well as the GIZ in Lomé (Togo) and Eschborn (Germany).

Lea graduated from the Double Master’s Programme Political Sciences/ European Studies Research at Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. In her MA thesis, she investigates the effects of EU development cooperation on civic participation in Africa. She earned a BA Political Sciences from the Africa-Europe BA Programme at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Cape Town.

Selected Publications

Vink, Maarten, Johan van der Valk, Marcel Schaper, und Lea Smidt (2017), „The Qualifying Foreign Taxpayer Obligation (‚90% rule‘): A Quantitative Ex-Ante Impact Assessment“, Cross-Border impact assessment, Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM, Maastricht.

Smidt, Lea (forthcoming), “Education, Cooperative Conflicts and Child Malnutrition – A Gender-Sensitive Analysis of the Determinants of Wasting in Sudan”, Working Paper, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Brasília.