Anita van der Laan

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning coordinator

Anita is a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist. She is responsible for coordinating the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) team of the Watershed – Empowering Citizens strategic partnership. In this programme, Akvo has partnered with IRC, Simavi and Wetlands International to build capacity in lobbying and advocacy for sustainable and inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services within civil society organisations in Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Ghana and Mali. Anita also works with the Akvo team to further improve the PMEL component in Akvo RSR, and to develop Akvo’s PMEL support services for partners.

Prior to joining Akvo, Anita worked as a consultant in Indonesia as coordinator of SNV’s advisor introduction programme, and researcher on human trafficking for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Indonesia. She has also held roles as the senior PME officer at SNV Head Office in the Netherlands, an advisor on civil society strengthening at SNV in Nicaragua, a programme manager at SNV in Ethiopia, and the gender advisor at a Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) integrated rural development programme in Sri Lanka.

As a child Anita lived in Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique and Swaziland. Anita has a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Leiden. She is based in Amsterdam.