Anna Bernhard joined Berghof Foundation (BFO) in April 2011 as a Researcher for the CORE project. She holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation (NADEL, ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and a M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology, Gender Studies and Pedagogy (University of Basel, Switzerland). Anna has been a social researcher for many years and, most recently, was a Research Associate at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in New Delhi, India, where she was part of the Local Governance and Decentralization program management team. At SDC, she was involved in co-managing the Local Governance Initiative South Asia (LoGIn). She also conducted a research study covering the on-going status of decentralization in various regions of India and was trained in Participatory Rural Appraisal/Participatory Learning and Action by Robert Chambers and other experts in Kerala.
Prior to SDC, Anna worked in both Switzerland and Nepal for Helvetas, Swiss Association for International Cooperation, in the area of Civil Society and the State, with special focus on Conflict Sensitivity and Civil Peace-Building (do no harm and conflict sensitivity-theory and tools).
Anna began her international development career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Political Division IV, in the areas of Gender issues, Human Rights, and combating Human Trafficking.