Martin Østergaard


MSc in International Development Studies and English, Roskilde University Centre


Country experience

  • Sub Saharan Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Ghana, Cape Verde, Cameroun, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe.
  • The Middle East: Morocco and desk reviews for projects in Tunisia and Egypt.
  • Asia: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Mongolia
  • Central and South America: Short missions to Guatemala, and field work in Venezuela and Guyana



  • Mother tongue Danish

  • Fluent in English and French

  • Moderate language skills in Spanish


Specialisation and key qualifications

Profile in brief

Martin Østergaard has more than 20 years of experience from the UN and the NGO sector, and started as a consultant in late 2013.


He has particular experience in organisational change processes as head of international programme in ChildFund Denmark for 6 years, including country strategy development, staff training and capacity-building.


He has worked extensively with community development in rural West Africa, including the development of a programmatic child- and youth-centered development framework covering more than 120 local communities. This work aimed to move the organization from a service-delivery approach towards adopting more rights-based approaches in cooperation with local government, NGOs, CBOs and other civil society actors within health, education, income-generation, and children and youth. 


He is an experienced trainer and facilitator, especially in regard to developing practical frameworks for change in organisations, and also within specific areas such as monitoring and evaluation, and project cycle management.


He has experience in vocational and adult education, in designing local approaches to employment generation and micro enterprise development based on several years of experience with the International Labour Organisation, the Danish Secretariat for Trade Unions (LO/FTF Council) and several consultancies for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danida on private sector development and job creation.


He is particularly interested in issues of sustainable development in the context of cross-sectoral cooperation between the development sector and the private sector, social businesses and new approaches to management in organisations with international networks.


For an overview of assignments please consult his CV. Download Martin's CV.


List of consultancies 2007-2014:

  • Plan International Denmark, evaluation of youth governance project, Nairobi, Kenya, July-September 2014.
  • Action Aid UK; survey on youth and social entrepreneurship, December 2013-February 2014
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danish Arab Partnership Program, appraisal of two employment projects in Tunisia and Egypt, based on regional and market-based approaches, team member (Klim Consulting), Nov/Dec 2013
  • Plan International Denmark, international application on multi-donor fund on SHRR, October/November 2013
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, team leader (COWI), under the Danish-Arab Initiative on a review-cum-appraisal of a tripartite project on social dialogue in Morocco (Cooperation tripartite sur le Dialogue Social, COTRIDIASO). The project emphasized on dialogue on the labour market and also contained political dimensions of cooperation between Danish and Moroccan partners, 2008
  • Danish embassy, Mali, team leader (Copenhagen Development Consulting). Study on the private sector and local market-based solutions for employment in the Mopti and Sikasso regions in Mali for the Danida private sector programme PAPESPRIM, 2007


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