Finn Kjærulf

M.Sc. in Economics, (Cand. Polit.), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Developing country work experience
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Côte D’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Philippines, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Masters Danish, English and Spanish, Basic French, German and Portuguese

Key qualifications

  • International development professional with 20+ years of experience with policy, strategy and operational advice to – and dialogue-negotiation with - state institutions and civil society organisations in the fields of: 1) Human Rights and Democratisation, 2) Community Organisation and Mobilisation; Local Economic Development; Rural Development; 3) Sustainable Organisational Strategies, Change and Innovation, and 4) Inter-sectorial Urban Violence Prevention. Has worked extensively in the fight against torture and organised violence in oppression, conflict and post conflict situations in Central America and more recently in East Africa, - within a Rights Based Development and a Human Security Perspective.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and political skills. Profound knowledge about a variety of approaches to poverty orientation, organisational development and participation. Solid experience with institutional screening, pre-investigations, participatory design and planning, human resource management, financial management, monitoring and assessment of development projects and programmes.
  • Broad experience in facilitating and leading training workshops in a Knowledge Generation, Sharing and Deployment Perspective. Taking part in media work, human rights ratification campaigns and advocacy.
  • Working experience with NGOs, UN and State Institutions in Latin America, Africa and Europe.


  • The 2030 agenda for sustainable development: a golden opportunity for global violence prevention. Kjaerulf, F., Lee, B., Cohen, L. et al. Int J Public Health (2016) 61: 863. This article is part of the special issue Violence and Health: Implications of the 2030 Agenda for South-North Collaboration.
  • Reducing violence in poor urban areas of Honduras by building community resilience through community-based interventions. Hansen-Nord, N.S. Kjaerulf, F. Almendares, J. et al. Int J Public Health (2016). Co-Author. This article is part of the special issue Violence and Health: Implications of the 2030 Agenda for South-North Collaboration.
  • Transforming Our world: Implementing the 2030 Agenda Through Sustainable Development Goal Indicators. Lee, B., Kjaerulf, F.,Turner, S et al. Journal of Public Health Policy (2016) vol. 37, SI, S13-31. This Article is part of the special issue: Violence, Health, and the 2030 Agenda: Merging Evidence and Implementation. Co-Author.
  • Social capital and violence in poor urban areas of Honduras. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 19 (2014) 643-648. Hansen-Nord, NS et al. Co-author.
  • Preventing violence and reinforcing human security: a rights-based framework for top-down and bottom-up action. Rev. Panam Salud Publica. 2010; 27(5):382-95, Kjaerulf F, Barahona R.
  • What can be learned from ‘crazy’ psychologists? A community approach to psychosocial support in post-conflict Guatemala. Intervention. International Journal of Mental Health Psychosocial work and counselling in areas of armed conflict. 2006. Volume 4. Number 1. P. 67-73. P. Berliner el al. Co-author.
  • Psycho-social Support to large numbers of Traumatised People in Post-Conflict Societies: An Approach to Community Development in Guatemala. Published in Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 15: 136-152, 2005. Anckermann et al. Co-author.
  • Community Psychology – Creating Shared History and Shared Improvement. (in Danish). 4: 20-22, Socialpsykiatri, 2004, Co-author.
  • Psychology and Development Aid. (in Danish). Psykologisk Set, 15: 31-40, 2003. Co-author.
  • Rehabilitation and Community Psychology. Edition on New Priorities in Development Aid (in Danish), 1: 62-74, Den Nye Verden, September 2003. Co-author.
  • Economic Animation in 6 Local Economic Development Agencies in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras, - (in Spanish). 1 - 90, October 1994, Published for Central American Networking Seminar by OIT-ILO, El Salvador.
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