Steff Deprez

Based in Leuven, Belgium 


For over  20 years, I have supported international development programmes at national, regional and global levels in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, including long-term assignments in Zimbabwe (VVOB), Indonesia (Rikolto Indonesia) and Belgium (Rikolto International). My work has centered around providing technical and strategic guidance to organisations for the design of learning-oriented M&E systems for social change and sustainable development initiatives, particularly in the areas of education, value chain development, inclusive business, gender equality and women & youth empowerment . 

As a development practitioner I have always been intrigued and passionate about understanding complex change processes and how they can inform development strategies and initiatives. My work is thus inspired by the principles of complexity thinking and practical actor-centered and narrative approaches. For over two decades I have been using and facilitating others to use, SenseMaker, Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting and Theory of Change. 

In 2017, I co-founded Voices That Count, a collaborative network of expert and practitioners supporting not-for-profit, public, academic and corporate organisations to understand and communicate about their social impact, and to generate actionable insights through narrative monitoring and sensemaking approaches. 

I am a board member of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community and a member of Cynefin Centre.  

I hold an M.Sc in Environmental Management & Technology (University of Leuven, Belgium)  and a M.Ed in Leadership & Management (Rhodes University, South Africa).