Sarita Ranchod is a research and international development practitioner with an overarching interest in understanding processes of social change and power. She focuses on research and evaluations, develops strategies, learning and knowledge resources, and advises and supports organisations in becoming more effective at what they do.
Her areas of technical experience include gender; inclusion and participation; women's and girls' rights; the socio-political and economic empowerment of women and girls; HIV/AIDS; gender based violence and social change communications for accountability. She has led and collaborated on several evaluative and policy research studies focusing on these issues.
Sarita works at local and global levels with development cooperation and civil society organisations including several United Nations agencies; the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada; and multiple spheres of government. She has taught in the Journalism and Media Studies department at Rhodes University, South Africa; was a Research Associate of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town; and was commissioning editor of the Rhodes Journalism Review.
As a Nelson Mandela scholar, she read for an MA in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Her undergraduate degree in Political Studies and Journalism & Media Studies is from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Sonja Boezak works as an evaluator of development cooperation initiatives; supports organisations and initiatives to develop effective strategies for change and increased effectiveness; facilitates sensitive and strategic engagements; and undertakes research, writing and editing assignments for international development, civil society and research institutions.
In recent years Sonja has focused on evaluative research and developing knowledge-sharing and learning resources. She works on local and global gender, accountability, gender based violence and women's rights initiatives, often managing multi-country and complex research assignments and capacity strengthening initiatives. She has produced several social change and evaluation video documentaries capturing change at individual, institutional and societal levels.
Sonja has published extensively on gender, women and girls' rights, HIV/AIDS, media and technology for development, and has edited a book on South African women in politics. She was responsible for conceptualising and implementing Siyanda, the gender knowledge programme of BRIDGE, the Gender and Development programme of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. She taught and supervised students in the Journalism and Media Studies department at Rhodes University and served South Africa's first democratically elected parliament. She has an MA in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Under the Rainbow collaborates with a select team of quality associates globally, including film-makers, researchers, editors, writers, facilitators, communications and knowledge experts, gender, women's and human rights specialists and 'techies' and trainers on an as-needed basis.