Simone Verkaart

Simone leads the Global Resilience Partnership’s (GRP) program-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. The GRP is a partnership of public and private organizations joining forces towards a resilient, sustainable and prosperous future for vulnerable people and places. GRP believes that resilience underpins sustainable development in an increasingly unpredictable world.

The GRP Secretariat is hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre.


“GRP co-sponsored the RMEL conference in New Orleans to share practical examples of how resilience measurement, evaluation and learning supports better resilience practice. [...] The event demonstrated the significant advancements, and interest, in resilience measurement, evidence, and learning.”


As GRP’s Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) lead, Simone oversees the design, operationalization and implementation of GRP’s MEL framework, and supports the development of MEL best practice amongst GRP grantees and partners. Previously, Simone worked at ICRISAT in Nairobi, and in the evaluation department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Simone helped to design the RMEL Convening 2018, and participated in the session Applying RMEL to Resilience Practice, during which experiences from the GRP, the World Bank, BRACED and the Resilience Alliance were shared. The GRP also shared learning and helped to shape the RMEL agenda through the following contributions to the conference:

  • Nathanial Matthews, GRP’s Program Director, chaired the plenary panel Investing in Resilience: Metrics for Businesses.

  • Three GRP grantees from the Zurich Insurance Group’s Global Resilience Challenge Water Window presented their work through the panel Resilience Measurement in Practice: Lessons from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance.

  • David Howlett, GRP’s Policy Lead, participated in the convening closing round table How can Resilience Measurement shape the Billions, not just the Millions.

 Simone’s recent work to measure, evaluate and understand development impact and resilience includes:

Simone holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and has a background in Development Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Business Studies.