Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Photographer: Annika Altaf

Ms A. (Anika) Altaf


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Visiting address
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • A.Altaf@uva.nl

I am a human geographer with 10 years of experience in international development. My focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South-Africa) and South-Asia (Bangladesh and Pakistan). I have worked with different actors such as NGOs, governments, and minorities to cover a variety of topics, e.g. fair-trade, identity, M&E, water and recently wellbeing.  I prefer to work in a multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary way and find it important to link and translate scientific data to the masses.  

Currently I am working on my Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam and the African Studies Centre Leiden. The aim of my research is to discover how the ultra-poor of Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia can be included in and benefit from poverty alleviation initiatives. My thesis pays attention to (in)equality, poverty and wellbeing and most importantly, it gives the ultra-poor a voice.

Apart from my academic work, I am currently an expert international aid for the Member Council of the Dutch Red Cross and president of the Doenya Women Gouda Foundation. Moreover, I often act as a moderator and guest speaker.    

Feel free to contact me (a.altaf@uva.nl) if you would like to collaborate or have any questions.

2012

  • Altaf, A. (2012). Reaching the unreachables: aiming towards inclusive development. In African Studies Centre Annual Report 2012. (pp. 12-13). Leiden: ASC Leiden.

2010

  • Altaf, A. (2010). Perceptions and reflections of Islamic development initiatives in northern Ghana. Amsterdam: PADEV. [details] 

Media appearance

  • Altaf, Anika (08-12-2015): "Ook de allerarmste valt te helpen". Interview door Wim Bossema. [Print] De Volkskrant. "Ook de allerarmste valt te helpen". Interview door Wim Bossema..

2016

  • Altaf, A. (2016). Addis Ababa field report: Defining, targeting and reaching the very poor. (ASC Working Paper; No. 129). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. [details] 
  • Altaf, A. (2016). Bangladesh field report: defining, targeting and reaching the very poor. (ASC Working Paper; No. 126). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden & International Institute for Asian Studies. [details] 
  • Altaf, A. (2016). Benin field report: defining, targeting and reaching the very poor. (ASC Working paper; No. 127). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. [details] 
  • Altaf, A. (2016). Jeldu (Ethiopia) field report: defining, targeting and reaching the very poor. (ASC Working paper; No. 128). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. [details] 
  • Altaf, A. (2016). Synthesis report: Defining, targeting and reaching the very poor: Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia. (ASC Working Paper; No. 130). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. [details] 

2015

  • Altaf, A., & Dietz, T. (2015). Defining, targeting and reaching the very poor in Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia. (ASC infosheet; No. 25). Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. [details] 

2012

  • Dietz, A. J., Altaf, A., Klaver, W., & Soeters, S. (2012). Agricultural consumption and production, 1961 - 2009. (ASCL thematic map; No. 4). Leiden: African Studies Centre.
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