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Dr Kathrin Wolf

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Dr Kathrin Wolf started working as an evaluator at DEval in October 2020 and currently leads the research and advisory project on rigorous impact evaluation in German Development Cooperation. As PhD candidate in the field of economic psychology at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, her research sought to shed light on women entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa and its effective promotion through training. In the context of her doctoral work, she has collaborated with the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and run experimental and quasi-experimental impact studies in Ethiopia. Prior to joining DEval, she has worked for the German Commission for UNESCO and - as an independent consultant - for major donor agencies, such as the World Bank and the GIZ. As part of her consulting services, she has developed evaluation designs and monitoring tools. From August 2017 to April 2020, she has lived and worked in Madagascar.

Key qualifications

Thematic focus

MSME promotion and entrepreneurship,

economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs,

behavioral economics

Methodological focus

Rigorous impact assessments (experimental and quasi-experimental methods),

quantitative data collection and analysis

Regional focus

Sub-Saharan Africa

Selected Publications

Wolf, K. (2019), “Shifting Perspectives - Towards a Better Understanding and a More Effective Promotion of Women Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Doctoral Thesis, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Lüneburg,

Alibhai, S. et al. (2019), “Full esteem ahead? Mindset-oriented business training in Ethiopia”, Policy Research Working Paper, No. 8892, World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.,


Portrait Kathrin Wolf
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Dr Kathrin Wolf

Senior Evaluator - Team Leader RIE Research Project

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-949


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