Project manager at adelphi
(currently on maternity leave)
Paola is a political scientist and policy analyst from Bolivia with six years of experience in the international development cooperation, non-profit and NGO sectors. Throughout her professional and academic career, Paola has worked on issues related to sustainable development, local governance and human rights.
She is currently working on the V-LED project’s South Africa, Kenya and Philippines components, in close collaboration with the rest of the team.
Recently, she led a team and co-authored 30 studies mapping the performance of multilateral organisations on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Other recent work includes evaluating the water cooperation programme of the Swiss Development Cooperation in Central America and contributing to an independent study on climate change, fragility and conflict for the G7 foreign ministries. She has been part of adelphi's expert teams advising international clients on resource programme development and actively contributed to numerous policy papers for ministries and other institutions.
Before her work at adelphi, Paola was Americas Associate at Human Rights Watch in Washington. In 2010, she worked for the GIZ local governance programme in South Africa. She also supported the policy and communication units at the UN Human Development Report Office within UNDP in New York and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Bolivia.
Paola is a scholar of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation). She received her Master in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and bachelor degrees in Political Science and Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Kansas.