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Cecilia M Ljungman has a Master’s degree in Political Science, Economics and Philosophy from Balliol College, University of Oxford and over 20 years' experience of international development co-operation as a team leader, manager, trainer, analyst and researcher. She has worked within the UN system, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for COWI A/S and ran her own consultancy firm before coming to NIRAS.
She is specialised in evaluation, results-based management, and rights-based approaches. Her area of work spans efforts to address democratic governance, human rights, gender equality, civil society development, cultural liberty, freedom of expression, child rights, humanitarian aid, and conflict settings.
Ms. Ljungman has been involved in over 50 evaluations, reviews and studies (including large-scale global policy evaluations, sector evaluations, meta-evaluations, theory-driven evaluations, and organisational studies) for clients like EU, Danida, UNICEF, NDF, Sida, DfID, UN Women, MFA Iceland, and CSOs in over 30 developing countries. This has entailed managing multi-country teams and facilitating complex processes with diverse stakeholder agendas.
Ms. Ljungman work on rights-based approaches includes a chapter in Methods for Development Work and Research - a New Guide for Practitioners, (Sage Publications, 2005) which has also been presented in academic fora and used as course literature. She has moreover advised, produced tools for and trained civil society organisations in developing a human rights based approaches to their work.