Margitta Minah

Responsibilities at the SLE
Research fellow and Lead SLE STUDIES

SLE STUDIES: Lead of SLE graduate programme; lecturer for courses such as ‘Leave No One Behind and poverty-oriented development programs’, ‘Farmer organisations in developing economies’, ‘Rural transformation’; coordination of the annual Development Policy Discussion Days; supervision of SLE study projects; coordinator of the selection process and chair of the pre-selection committee; coordinator of the graduate teaching programme; network and alumni work.


Career profile

Expert in Rural Development with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and graduate of the 51. Experienced researchers, consultant and lecturer in various institutions.

Research projects, consulting and teaching in the following areas: collective action, cooperatives and farmer organisations, new institutional economics, value chains, inclusion, Leave No On Behind, rural transformation, governance, impact assessment and evaluation of projects in international cooperation. Currently in the final phase of a PhD in agricultural economics.

Short Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020

Lead SLE STUDIES, Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Workshop Lead während Global Soil Week (GSW) in Kenia, TMG Think Tank for Sustainability
GSW Thema: Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa

2018 - 2020

PhD Scholar of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation

Since 2016

PhD student, Division of the Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Title: The role of farmer organisations in international development: revisiting their impacts, policy environment and inclusiveness

2015 - 2017

Research fellow at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE)
Research project: Rural Transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (case studies in Zambia, Benin and Ethiopia)

2014 - 2015

Consultant at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE)
Study commissioned by the KfW Entwicklungsbank on status of the BMZ ‚One World No Hunger‘ initiative


Consultant, Welthungerhilfe e.V. (Sierra Leone), Cocoa and Robusta Coffee Development Projects
Conceptualisation and introduction of a Farmer Business School


Graduate Programme, Centre for Rural Development (SLE)
Title of the study project commissioned by the GIZ: What has remained? An ex post Evaluation of Watershed Management in the Mekong Region (Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia)

2010 - 2012

Master degree: Erasmus Mundus International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD) in Belgium, Germany, Italy and South Africa

2008 - 2010

Internships with FAO in Ethiopia, UNEP in Kenya and SoulSand Consultancy in Germany

2006 - 2009

Bachelor degree: B.A. Nonprofit, social and health care management in Austria and Argentina

  • Minah, M. and Malvido Pérez Carletti, A. (2019). Mechanisms of Inclusion: Evidence from Zambia’s Farmer Organisations. European Journal of Development Research, 31, pp.1318-1340.
  • Engel, E., Rettberg, S., Rauch, T., Neubert, S., Richter, D., Minah, M., Berg, C. (2017). Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation in Sub-Sahara Africa – Final Report (SLE Discussion Paper 07/2017). Berlin: SLE.
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