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Tanja Berretta
International consultant. Director of Master HOPE, Social Change School , International non-profit
Piombino (Tuscany), Italy
A professional with almost 20 years of multi-programme and multi-stakeholder experience in development and humanitarian programming, more than 15 of which spent working and living in the countries of implementation.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
I lived, worked and travelled extensively in South/Southeast Asia, Africa and Central
America, serving most reputed organizations such as UNHCR, UNDP, Oxfam, Handicap International, Plan International.
I develop and optimize the use of programming approaches aiming to improve effectiveness and impact of international organizations towards the most vulnerable people. I strive to build an inclusive society ensuring equal access to rights.
- April 2001-April 2002: University of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Research Fellow at the
University of Pinar del Río "Hermanos Saiz Montes de Oca", Faculty of
Political Sciences and Humanities. Research Labs in Sociology, Development
Studies and Development Economics.

- October 2001: University of Pisa, Italy. Laurea in Scienze Politiche,
Specializzazione in Sociologia dello Sviluppo. Equivalent to BA + MSc in Political
Science / Development Studies.

- May 1999: UNICEF & University of Pisa. IV Multi-Subject Course on Human
Rights and Education to Development
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Always putting people first: I designed, managed and provided advice to diverse
programmes and organizations: from emergency response to development, including
advocacy. My focus has always been “how to ensure that they respond to people’s
needs and aspirations (first and foremost most vulnerable and marginalized)?”
- Appreciating how to support and achieve change: Outputs are only one part of
the story. What matters is the process of change, be it for a project or an organization. I use Results-oriented approaches and methodologies / frameworks emphasizing context and power analysis, looking at how achieving change - within complex setups.
- Participation, inclusion, facilitation: I seek to actively involve stakeholders with
participatory processes, facilitative approaches, on-the-job learning that foster
dialogue and listening. I emphasize inclusion and accountability.
- Systematization of learning and Capacity Development: I believe that a wealth of
knowledge and experience already exists but is not always capitalized on. Grassroots
workers, project staff and beneficiaries, office teams have a deep understanding of
change and might have developed strong, contextualized practices. I see my role as
harvesting, systematizing and synthesizing them. I use and adapt Capacity
Development approaches to make the most of those knowledge and experience for
further developments.
- Creative processes, adaptation and innovation: I strive for innovation and I work at my best in initiatives and with organizations that aspire to learn and innovate, be it at project or at organizational level. I always adapt methodologies to the context I work
- Mixed methods: I lean towards qualitative methodologies, emphasizing active
listening and dialogue with people - and driven by genuine curiosity. But I can well
complement with quantitative ones (data visualizations, etc.).
- Making complexity less complicated (and, possibly, fun!): I analyse and articulate
the information management requirements of complex multi-sector and multi-country
programmes, seeking to appreciate complexity and dynamics of change. I believe that
the best way to address complexity is to make things simpler (that does not mean
simplistic!), by creating conducive working environments, applying participative
processes and using simple tools to document and synthesize.

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish
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