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Our Background

When the Wall fell in Europe I had just returned from the USSR

I once sat with some friends in the bar in the Dar es Salaam Institute, the Goan community's club in Dar es Salaam, narrating the story that 'when the Wall fell in Europe on 5 November1989, I had just returned from a trip to the USSR'. My point then was to demonstrate that where many people expect you to have been to the USA 'because that was the way we oriented ourselves growing up in Western Europe, turning towards the West with it's pop music, plastic, films and clothes', I went East before I went South.

A younger woman in the company didn't get this point, in stead she slowly realised: 'But then you must be old'.

The USSR was one of the first places I ever went to outside of Denmark. I was 17 and in high school. We studied glasnost and perestrojka in History and Sociology classes. We drank cheap champagne and vodka straight from the bottle on that trip, and had the worst hangovers. Yet, the USSR sparked my curiosity into places where you have to make an effort going. The fall of the Wall was a significant milestone for the youth of my generation. The world felt open. Things changed, and I am doubtful when I see my generation dealing with the current situation of multi-dimensional crises in conventional ways such as buying more weapons, denying climate change and prioritising growth over care for people and planet.

I count 20+ years of experience with establishing, coordinating and maintaining networks and groups in different settings and cultures. For the short version; I spent a good part of the very early 2000s in Serbia during the Milošević regime; two years in an exhausted corner on the northern Ugandan border with South Sudan, and more years in a vibrant metropolis in a peaceful, developing Tanzania. I have typically worked with groups of people - youth, refugees, journalists, activists, volunteers, artists, politicians and diaspora - who live in marginalised areas and/ or cannot take easy access to for example information or public services for granted.

I draw on a teacher's degree, an MA in African Studies and an unfinished PhD study which through ethnographic fieldwork focused on how ordinary people help informally in crisis. This provides me with a combination of both didactic and pedagogical insight into social dynamics as well as academic tools and communication skills. I particularly enjoy work that allows creative and experimental thinking, requires overview and an empathetic, curious and trust-based approach to people. My core competence is to facilitate frameworks for others to develop their potential as well as documenting and communicating the process and results. I usually enjoy that, and I get excited when creating common ground works out, while people grow and take responsibility for their local community.

I have amongst others worked with South East European Youth Network, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, ActionAid International, Civil Society in Development (CISU), Deutsche Welle Akademie, UNDP and the Government of South Sudan (Jonglei State), Plan International, GiZ, Tanzania Media Fund, Twaweza, Femina HIP, The Rockwool Foundation, The Timbuktu Foundation, Main Library of Copenhagen, the Deaconal University College in Århus and Museum of African Art in Belgrade, Serbia.

CV -  at a glance

• Developing, implementating and documentating training, workshops, conferences and debates

• Coordinating activities and actors, typically grassroots, civil society and politically governed organisations

• Producing journalistic articles, communication material, content for SO-ME, photography, educational materials, policy documents etc.

• Interviews, research and writing reports etc.

• Establishment and facilitation of participant-led and/or citizen-driven engagement, networks and groups

• Supervision, coaching and idea development on projects, strategies and applications incl. management of grants, and prize committee

• Conceptualization and management of workcamps, exchange stays and study visits

• Teaching in primary, secondary, youth and language school.



Department for Management, Science & Communication, Copenhagen Business School 

My PhD was linked to a research project on everyday humanitarianism and refugee hosting communities in western Tanzania set in a collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The plan was abrupted by the pandemic in 2020, which at first made it impossible to continue fieldwork in Tanzania. Thus, I redirected the focus towards the Tanzanian diaspora in Denmark exploring what ordinary people care about and how they engage extraordinarily in helping others in everyday life and crisis outside of the formal and traditional structures of humanitarian action. By looking into the motivation of these non-traditional humanitarian actors, and how they respond to the needs of others, my thesis aimed at contributing to a more diverse understanding of humanitarianism based on a more intimate focus on the individual, family, network and everyday life, asking who givers are, how they help and what beliefs sustain their efforts. Due to different reasons I decided to depart the study in February 2023.


Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen

2016, Nature, Population and Society in Africa: 10 (B) 2015, Economic Development in Africa: 7 (C) 

2016, Politics, Development & Change in Africa: 10 (B)

2016, Religion, Culture and Society in Africa: 12 (A) Elective Courses: 2017, Field Study in Tanzania: Passed

2017, Thesis: ‘Political Transition in Tanzania: Continuity and Change: The Case of Kigoma’: 12 (A). 


University of Copenhagen, Paedagogy

1999, Education - Contemporarily and Historically: Passed

2000, Personality, Development and Socialisation: 12 (A) (15 ETCS)


Teachers' Training College, Haslev

Majors in English and Art, additional course on Adult Pedagogy, and a 4-months Erasmus exchange at Westminster College at University of Oxford.

dunia duara means 'the world is round' in Swahili / Signal & WhatsApp +4529717068 

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