Evita started working at IRC in 2018, after finishing her Master degree International Studies at Leiden University. With a specialisation in global conflict and peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa. For which she wrote a thesis on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping in Sub-Saharan Africa: 'A never ending circle of African neo-colonial dependence?' Before writing her research, she did a trainee-ship at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN in New York. Where she reported on the activities in the UN Security Council regarding the African peacekeeping operations, such as Mali (MINUSMA), Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and South Sudan (UNMISS).
In The Hague, Evita remained in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) as she became the Chair of The West Wing, a youth think-tank established by and for the MFA of the Netherlands. The goal of the think-tank is to establish creative and innovative national policy for the MFA, concerning different challenges such as renewable energy, youth representation and European defence strategies.
At IRC, Evita is working as a project officer at various projects in the focus countries and districts. Currently she is working on Watershed, WASH Agenda for Change, Planning, Monitoring and Learning (PML), and policy influencing at the political level in The Hague.
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