• Evaluator

Lea Smidt

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Lea Smidt joined DEval as an evaluator in June 2019 after a 6-months DAAD fellowship at the UNDP’s International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC) in Brasília (Brazil). At IPC, she mainly worked on a child poverty assessment in Sudan. She gained further professional experience in an NGO in Kara (Togo), at the German Embassy in Nairobi (Kenya) as well as the GIZ in Lomé (Togo) and Eschborn (Germany).

Lea graduated from the Double Master’s Programme Political Sciences/ European Studies Research at Maastricht University and the University of Cologne. In her MA thesis, she investigates the effects of EU development cooperation on civic participation in Africa. She earned a BA Political Sciences from the Africa-Europe BA Programme at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Cape Town.

Key qualifications

Thematic focus

civil society,


fragile states,

social protection,


Methodological focus

(quasi-)experimental designs,

text mining,

multilevel modelling,

geodata analysis

Regional focus

sub-Saharan Africa

Selected Publications

Vink, Maarten, Johan van der Valk, Marcel Schaper, und Lea Smidt (2017), „The Qualifying Foreign Taxpayer Obligation (‚90% rule‘): A Quantitative Ex-Ante Impact Assessment“, Cross-Border impact assessment, Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM, Maastricht.

Smidt, Lea (2019), “Education, Cooperative Conflicts and Child Malnutrition – A Gender-Sensitive Analysis of the Determinants of Wasting in Sudan”, Working Paper Number 186, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Brasília. [Link]  


Portrait von Lea Smidt
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Lea Smidt


Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-989

E-mail: lea.smidt@DEval.org

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