Drs. Rob van Poelje

Drs. Rob van Poelje

Cluster Leader Development Cooperation Policy Research
Telephone number
+31 70 348 40 16 / +31 6 25 71 81 57
Email address

As a member of the management team, Rob van Poelje shares responsibility for the strategic positioning of IOB, for improving the quality of IOB work processes, and for coordinating IOB studies and activities related to development cooperation. As cluster manager, he also supervises a third of the IOB research officers.

Based on his studies in development communication, in recent decades Rob has worked towards:

  • organising small farmers Thailand
  • combating HIV/AIDS and overpopulation in Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Guinea
  • facilitating intercultural cooperation along the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal and in the Dutch province of Limburg
  • making agricultural research systems in Mali and in fragile states more client oriented
  • increasing the learning capacity of Dutch INGOs through umbrella organisation PSO
  • managing Cordaid’s emergency relief and migration strategy and setting up the Dutch Relief Alliance
  • monitoring the MFS2 funding scheme and setting up strategic partnerships
  • building an M&E&L system for Hivos

The recurring theme in all of this is the support to learning processes at the community, organisational, multi-stakeholder and policy levels by means of M&E&L.

IOB activities

  • IOB study Strategic Partnerships as an instrument
  • IOB external representation and liaison with German-speaking development cooperation agencies, Nordic+, and OECD/DAC/EvalNet.
  • Member of the advisory groups for the evaluation of the EU Trust Fund for Africa and the EU joint country evaluation of Mali. 
  • Coordinator of Ministry of Foreign Affairs-wide framework agreement for external evaluation services
  • IOB account holder for DGIS, member of the working group Results-Based Management, of the DGIS strategic think tank, of the Knowledge Management working group, and of the interdepartmental Public Value Review Methodology working group.
  • Study MLS/Exit strategy Rwanda

IOB publications

  • IOB 2019. Strategies for partners: balancing complementarity and autonomy. Evaluation of the functioning of strategic partnerships between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society organisations.