Elias Sagmeister

Elias Sagmeister

Non-Resident Fellow


Elias Sagmeister is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a program manager at Ground Truth Solutions in Vienna. His areas of expertise include humanitarian action, development cooperation, and organizational development. In his PhD, he focused on monitoring and evaluation of development and humanitarian projects. Before joining GPPi, Elias worked on studies related to capacity development and monitoring and evaluation in the energy and development sector. He spent several months in Bangladesh conducting an impact assessment in the rural energy sector for what was then the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

In his six years with GPPi, Elias worked on the research project Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE), investigating how aid agencies in challenging contexts can strengthen accountability and learning. Before that, he completed an evaluation of partnerships between the International Committee of the Red Cross and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He was also a team member of the project Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies, commissioned by the European Commission. Other projects include advising the United Nations Development Programme on an evaluation of the UN Somalia Assistance Strategy. 

Elias holds a PhD from the University of Münster. In 2009, he received a postgraduate certificate from the Centre for Advanced Training in International Development at Humboldt University in Berlin. He also studied international development and economic psychology at the University of Vienna. During his studies, he interned for the United Nations Industrial Organization in Vienna and for non-governmental organizations in Addis Ababa and New York. He completed a research semester at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, where he published on tax behavior in Argentina.

Languages: German, English, Spanish

Recent Publications

Commentary 18 October 2017

Perception of NGOs in Afghanistan Isn’t Great. Here's How to Make It Better.

by Elias Sagmeister

Report 09 November 2016

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments

by Rahel Dette, Julia Steets, Elias Sagmeister

Report 09 November 2016

The Use of Third-Party Monitoring in Insecure Contexts

by Elias Sagmeister, Julia Steets

Report 09 November 2016

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments

by Lotte Ruppert, Elias Sagmeister, Julia Steets

Commentary 08 February 2016

Are You Really Listening? How Feedback Mechanisms Work (or Not) in Insecure Environments

by Lotte Ruppert, Elias Sagmeister

Article 01 August 2014

Real-Time Evaluation of Humanitarian Assistance Revisited

by Elias Sagmeister, Susanna Krüger
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 10 (23)

Commentary 27 October 2013

Armutsbekämpfung geht vor!

by Elias Sagmeister
ZEIT Online

Report 29 June 2012

Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO Funded Interventions

by Julia Steets, Urban Reichhold, Elias Sagmeister
Evaluation Report

Commentary 16 November 2011

Österreichs Entwicklungspolitik: Kurzsichtig, verfehlt, kümmerlich

by Elias Sagmeister
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