Annelin Verkade

_DSC0210 “Oxfam’s Stories of Change allow me to look at beneficiaries’ own experiences, which as an anthropologist I believe should be central to development.

My name is Annelin Verkade, I’m 23-years old and interning in the Impact Measurement and Knowledge team. I am working on the qualitative side of impact measurement – at the moment using data from for example Stories of Change to write project evaluations, and helping to design research.

I just finished my masters in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. I applied for this internship at Oxfam Novib because I have always been interested in the development sector, and hope to work in it eventually. Impact measurement in particular interests me, since I wonder how large NGOs strive to achieve their goals and what impact their activities actually have. At the same time, Oxfam’s Stories of Change allow me to look at beneficiaries’ own experiences, which as an anthropologist I believe should be central to development.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you’d grow up?

Like many kids, I had phases of wanting to be an actress, or a dolphin trainer. But one dream never faded and that is to be an adventurer and world traveler! While I did get to somewhat fulfil this dream, one can never have enough adventures or see enough wonderful places!

What is your best memory?

It’s difficult to choose my very best memory. But one moment I often look back to was earlier this year, when I was conducting research for my master’s thesis in Cambodia. I stayed on the small island of Koh Sdach, where I could also scuba dive. One day, my friend and I both needed some peace and quiet and decided to dive as long as we safely could with one tank – we were underwater for over 100 minutes. The feeling when we finished the dive was amazing: I’ve never felt more relaxed, purified, and enlightened.

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