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Dr. Sara Kinsbergen

Dr. Sara Kinsbergen | Programme director Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) | Radboud University

“By participating in AMID Young Professional, organisations get access to a pool of highly talented, young graduates with the ambition to learn to contribute to the realisation of the SDGs.“

- Dr. Sara Kinsbergen, programme director AMID Young Professional - 

Dr. Sara Kinsbergen

Sara is program director of the Advanced Master in International Development (AMID), a unique education program aiming to bridge the gap between academia and practice in the field of international development and to capacitate and stimulate young professionals to act as change agents in this field. She is fascinated by (Dutch) small, scale voluntary development organisations, known as Private Development Initiatives (PDIs). In 2014 she obtained her PhD and defended her thesis Behind the Pictures: Understanding Private Development Initiatives (pdf, 57 MB). Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, she studied PDIs, their partners and development projects in the Netherlands, in India (2007 & 2014), Indonesia (2011), Kenya (2011 & 2014), Ghana (2014) and South Africa (2014).

She works as an assistant professor at the department of Anthropology and Development studies (CAOS) of the Radboud University. In her current research project 'The coming of age of Private Development Initiatives' she studies how small-scale, voluntary development organisations and their development interventions develop through time. She received a grant for this study of ‘Stichting Wilde Ganzen'(the Wild Geese Foundation).


The AMID Young Professional programme is twofold: sustainable development organisations access a pool of talented graduates, ambitious to realize the SDGs. Young professionals get a chance to gain experience and acquire the latest knowledge and skillsneeded to contribute to a fair and sustainable world.

Training and courses

Dr Sara Kinsbergen is currently affiliated with the following programs and courses at Radboud University:

Scientific publications

Sara is strongly committed to translating the results of her research to the daily practice of policy makers and practitioners. In an inspiring manner, she therefore presents the findings of her research during lectures and debates and facilitates workshops and trainings. 


In the media 

Topics of interest

Dr. Sara Kinsbergen is happy to answer questions from (science) journalists and other interested parties about the following topics:

  • Private Development Initiatives
  • Do-it-yourself
  • Sustainability
  • Volunteering
  • Active citizenship
  • Civil society

Please contact dr. Merel van Ommen, communication advisor at the Radboud Center for Social Sciences.


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