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''During my studies I developed analytical skills and learnt how to deal with complex problems in a more systematic way.''

Geke Kieft is a Communication, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at ZOA (which means 'Southeast Asia', where ZOA started its activities).

Courses on communication and education have been helpful for my current career as well as more practical courses such as facilitation of interactive processes

I work as a Communication, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for Disaster Response programmes of ZOA, a Dutch humanitarian organisation that supports people that suffer from armed conflict and natural disaster in 15 countries worldwide.

One of the things I like about the job is the fact that I have an opportunity to let people's stories be heard. What is the impact of war or disaster on a person’s life and how are people coping with the situation. At the same time I get a clear idea of what their needs are and how we can improve the quality of our support to displaced and refugee communities as well as host communities. I enjoy the fact that this job involves a lot of travelling and working at the project locations, often meeting the most resilient and inspiring people.  

What was interesting about studying Development and Rural Innovation is the interdisciplinary way of thinking that we have been exploring throughout the programme. People from very diverse backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, worked and discussed together during several assignments and numerous lectures. Courses on communication and education have been helpful for my current career as well as more practical courses such as facilitation of interactive processes. I chose this MSc programme because I wanted to gain more knowledge on the social aspects of humanitarian aid and development. The cohesion in the student group was very strong and there was a lot of freedom to choose the subjects I was interested in.

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