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 with rights based projects and programmes targeting children and youth combined with a background in journalism has made me specialise in participatory approaches, capacity building, 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.
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.