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Team & CVs | Valuing Voices

Team & CVs



Since 2013 Valuing Voices team’s focus has been on creating a research, design, M&E and post-project sustained and emerging impacts evaluation firm. This includes writing and speaking about international development programming, designing processes and doing fieldwork to build knowledge, and building a network of engaged partners.

Our focus is Appreciative, finding out and building on what participants, partners and organizations do well already, and promoting what we can do better with such knowledge.  Much can be learned from what continues locally, and how to design anew.

Our network includes evaluators, advocates, and ICT4D experts in the US, Africa, and Asia. 



Jindra Cekan/ova, PhD is Founder/Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. An international political economist, she has 33-years of experience in listening to those we ostensibly serve. Dr. Cekan/ova is an evaluator, speaker, and writer about Sustained and Emerging Impacts, including funding, strategic planning, designing, implementing,  monitoring & evaluating to foster sustainability. Working with many stakeholders, she aims to raise-up national voices for country-led sustainable development and long-term outcomes impacts long after projects close. Lessons from (post-project) sustained and emerging impacts and final evaluations are invaluable to shape funding, design, implementation, M&E and learning and inform SDGs and Impact investment strategies.  She has consulted to non-profits such as CRS, CARE, Mercy Corps, the Red Cross/ Red Crescent), Foundations (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation) and for-profits (Price Waterhouse/ Coopers & Lybrand, Salomon Brothers).

Dr. Cekan/ova has also co-founded ImpactGuild.org, fostering (I)NGO collaborations with impact investors.  She is a dual US/Czech citizen and has taught at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy/Tufts, at Harvard and was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). She is also a mother, a Buddhist and loves giraffes.


1. Advisors:

Cindy Clapp Wincek: Consultant, former head of USAID’s Policy Planning and Learning, Learning, Evaluation and Research Bureau (USA)

Scott Bayley: Principal Specialist in Australia’s DFAT Aid Management and Performance Branch (Australia)

2. Evaluator experts:


Musiho Abdala: with over 15 years’ experience of applied research, project monitoring & evaluation especially on livelihood and education projects.  Country experience is in 6 Africa countries plus Afghanistan (Uganda)



Abu Ala Hasan: Researcher and development professional, with academic background in social sciences, and 13 years of experience in the NGO sector in programme management, M&E, advocacy, research and human rights and livelihoods.





Rutere Kagendo: President, Ronto Research Company has M&E operations in 15 African countries doing baselines, mid-and end-line evaluations and impact assessments (Kenya)




Peter McCarter: More than 30 years of international development experience in the management, design and evaluation of community-based natural resource management projects in Eastern and Southern Africa, Himalayan India and Nepal



rituu nanda


Rituu Nanda: Participation and gender evaluator, extensive UN and NGO work since 2010 (India)





Kate Robins: Advisor and consultant in design, monitoring and evaluation with non-governmental agencies, bi-laterals and the UN system for over 35 years (USA)






Chenjerai and Thenjiwe Sisimayi: Owners, Psychosocial Support, Research and Training Centre. Over 25 years mixed-method M&E and statistical analysis (Zimbabwe)





Laurie Zivetz: Four decades of international development experience which includes innovation, evaluation, research, mentoring, training, strategy and program design in sub Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia (USA/ Australia).




3. Advocacy expert:

peter kimeu


Peter Kimeu: co-founder of KUSARD and Decent Living  local Kenyan NGOs and 30-year head of Peace and Justice for Africa for Catholic Relief Services (Kenya)





We have a strong collaboration with BetterEvaluation.org on Sustained and Emerging Impacts Evaluation, featured in 2017 as a new thematic area: http://betterevaluation.org/en/themes/SEIE

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