Marjolein Kok

I am a facilitator, coach, trainer and evaluator. Fair, inclusive and participatory processes drive my work. 

Over the years I gained experience in fragile and complex settings, collaborating with various organizations – in the public and private sector, in all four corners of the world – to work towards building peace, equality and greater ecological and social resilience of communities. I have experienced the need for conflict mediation, people-centered approaches, multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaborations. Therefore I love to support organizations and teams with designing and facilitating dialogue processes (online and face-to-face) for adaptive learning, policy planning and/or strategic decision making. Through these processes I aim to foster shared ownership, peer-to-peer learning, and participation of all stakeholders, especially of those who are usually excluded.

I also design and conduct complex and multi-country evaluations, and train and coach teams to monitor, evaluate and learn from programmes and projects using adaptive, qualitative and participatory approaches (such as participatory narrative inquiry). Through interactive sessions I support teams to design, collect and make sense of data and stories.

Generally, I am appreciated as a facilitator with a grounding, calming but uplifting presence, offering a creative and structured approach, as well as strategic and analytical thinking skills.

I have an academic background in international development, public policy and human rights and I am trained in Deep Democracy, facilitation and evaluation. I am also an expert member of a human rights commission in the Netherlands, and of the Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network of the United Nations. I love being in nature and support others to connect to nature. I also enjoy exploring different forms of creative expression, such as dance, song and painting.

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Examples of what I do

Evaluating the Prevention up Front Alliance

Evaluating the Prevention up Front Alliance

The Prevention up Front (PuF) Alliance is a five-year joint programme (2016-2020) between the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) that is implemented in strategic...

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Joint proposal building and strengthening ownership online

Joint proposal building and strengthening ownership online

Just Future 4-day international workshop Over the summer Cordaid asked Perspectivity if we could facilitate a multi-stakeholder workshop for the Just Future Alliance. Purpose: to elaborate the strategic partnership proposal for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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Lazos de Agua pilots with Sprockler narrative research

Lazos de Agua pilots with Sprockler narrative research

One Drop Canada shares their experience using Sprockler: The Lazos de Agua program seeks to provide sustainable access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene to around 200,000 people in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay by 2022. The...

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The mindful walking project

The mindful walking project

This summer, the mindful walking project was created in London: a participatory action research project to advance the theory and practice of walking and sensory research methodologies. Walking, as a qualitative research methodology, has a profound and diverse history...

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Sensemaking in WASH initiatives with RVO in Kenya and Ghana

Sensemaking in WASH initiatives with RVO in Kenya and Ghana

RVO, the Dutch Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland), stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. They initiated a 'sense-making' pilot to learn how to use stories to deepen their understanding of...

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