Jakob Kirkemann Boesen

Jakob Kirkemann Boesen

Board Member

Jakob Kirkemann Boesen is a senior international expert with extensive leadership and practical experience in human rights, civil society, democratization, and governance. He has held leadership positions in ActionAid Denmark and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and have solid foundation in international development partnerships, programming and management.

Jakob has more than 20 years of experience with working in partnerships focused on human rights, democratization and public participation, civil society, and good governance in Europe, Asia, and Africa. A core expertise has included support to network and alliance building, human rights based approaches, movement building, strengthening of independent governance institutions, state and civil society dialogue. He has supported both state institutions, international organisations, and civil society organisations with governance, strategy formulation, programme management, learning, capacity building, partnership development, funding mechanisms, review and learning. 

He has authored or co-authored publications on human rights based approaches and civil society partnerships.

Core Areas

  • Freedom Rights, including freedom of speech, assembly and association
  • Democratisation, Democratic governance and public participation
  • Civil society, public participation and cooperation between State and non-State actors
  • Civil society as an actor in democratization and development
  • Engagement of youth, movements and informal civil society actors
  • National Human Rights and Ombudsman Institutions
  • Human rights based approach (HRBA), gender mainstreaming, equal treatment and non-discrimination
  • Humanitarian partnerships and localization
  • Civil Sociiety and Development Partnerships
  • Organisational development and capacity-building
Expertise and Services
  • Leadership and general management
  • Strategic planning and development
  • Organisational assessment and audits
  • Organizational coaching and capacity development
  • Programme scoping, situational and contextual analysis
  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation
  • Partnership identificaition, development & management
  • Process and programme management, facilitation and support
  • Course/seminar/workshop design, facilitation and evaluation
  • Development of learning and review processes
  • Development of organizational or programmatic approaches, systems and guidelines,

Country Experience

Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, China, Nepal & Timor-Leste

Europe and Eurasia: Bosnia, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,  Turkey, Ukraine

Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen

Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe


English: Fluent
Danish: Native