• Evaluator

Dr Isabel Mank

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Isabel Mank started working as an evaluator at the Competence Center Methods of DEval in November 2021. Before her work at DEval, she was employed as a researcher in the field of "Climate Change, Nutrition and Health" at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health at the Heidelberg University Hospital. She gained practical experience related to development cooperation at various institutions such as the German Development Institute (DIE), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW).

Isabel Mank received her doctorate (Dr.sc.hum) in the field of Global Health from Heidelberg University. Within this work, she developed and supervised quantitative and qualitative data collections and analyses that dealt with the effects of climatic change on the nutritional status (such as undernutrition among young children) and the agricultural production of subsistence households in rural north-west Burkina Faso. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology & International Affairs (ETIA) from the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology (Austria), a Master’s degree in Global Health from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Communication from the University of Bielefeld (Germany).

Key Qualifications

Thematic focus

Global Health

Food Security, especially undernutrition

Climate change adaptation and mitigation


Quantitative social research methods

Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses

Regional focus

West and East Africa

South Asia

Project-specific country experiences

Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Sudan, Togo

Selected Publications

Mank, I., De Neve, J., Mauti, J., Gyengani, G. A., Somé, P., Shinde, S., Fawzi, W., Bärnighausen, T., & Vandormael, A. (2022). Prevalence of Obesity and Anemia Among Early Adolescents in Junior Secondary Schools: A Cross‐Sectional Study in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Journal of School Health, 92(11), 1081. [Link]

Mank, I., Sorgho, R., Zerbo, F., Kagoné, M., Coulibaly, B., Oguso, J., Mbata, M., Khagayi, S., Muok, E.M.O., Sié, A., & Danquah, I. (2022). ALIMUS—We are feeding! Study protocol of a multi-center, cluster-randomized controlled trial on the effects of a home garden and nutrition counseling intervention to reduce child undernutrition in rural Burkina Faso and Kenya. Trials, 23(1), 449. [Link] 

Mauti, J.*, Mank, I.*, De Neve, J., Gyengani, G. A., Somé, P., Shinde, S., Fawzi, W., Bärnighausen, T., & Vandormael, A. (2022). The Food and Health Environment in Junior Secondary Schools in Urban Burkina Faso: A Cross-Sectional Study of Administrators, Food Vendors and Early Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(23), 12689. [Link] (*equal contribution)

Mank, I., Belesova, K., Bliefernicht, J., Traoré, I., Wilkinson, P., Danquah, I., & Sauerborn, R. (2021). The Impact of Rainfall Variability on Diets and Undernutrition of Young Children in Rural Burkina Faso. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 693281. [Link]

Mank, I., Vandormael, A., Traoré, I., Ouédraogo, W. A., Sauerborn, R., & Danquah, I. (2020). Dietary habits associated with growth development of children aged < 5 years in the Nouna Health and Demographic Surveillance System, Burkina Faso. Nutrition Journal, 19(1), 81. [Link]

Karst, I. G.*, Mank, I.*, Traoré, I., Sorgho, R., Stückemann, K.-J., Simboro, S., Sié, A., Franke, J. & Sauerborn, R. (2020). Estimating Yields of Household Fields in Rural Subsistence Farming Systems to Study Food Security in Burkina Faso. Remote Sensing, 12(11), 1717. [Link] (*shared first authorship)


Portrait von Isabel Mank
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Dr Isabel Mank


Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-915

E-mail: isabel.mank@DEval.org

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