I, Lotte Ladegaard, am the founder and the director of Development Close-up.
Hands-on field level project implementation experience from several posts as technical advisor combined with a background in journalism has made me specialise in communication for social change and dissemination of technical approaches, methods and lessons learned from development projects and programmes in easy-to-digest yet in-depth formats targeting professionals and institutional donors.
I initiated my first company South Asia Close-up when I relocated to Sri Lanka in 1999. Now I am also working in Africa and the Middle East, and subsequently the name has been changed to Development Close-up.
Today, I am based in Denmark but travel extensively and often at a very short notice when required by new and regular collaborators and clients. Amongst these are Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages and ADRA.
Wherever I work I do my utmost to respect the people involved and try to ensure that they understand the impact their participation may have on their own lives.
I believe that people have a right to voice their opinions, even if they are not in favour of a project that I am attached to. But I also do believe that all people have a responsibility to support activities which may lead to a more equal world - even if they themselves are not the immediate beneficiaries.
At least once a day I relish that being a woman in Denmark is a gift. For the same reason, I wish that my work may bring a bit of relief to some of the millions of people who are less fortunate than I am.