focus on public budgets, human rights based approach, peace and security



The MSC core team and its partners



Core Team




Anna Schnell Anna Schnell


The following are MSC partners:

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Anna holds a Masters in Economics and Business Administration. Since 1994 she has specialised in the Human Rights Based Approach and Democratic Governance - focusing on accountability and transparency in government policy, including public budgets and budget processes.

Anna is also specialised in children's human rights, having worked for Save the Children and its partners for 10 years and with child rights assignments as an consultant (now on her 14th year as an independent consultant). See examples of her work as project manager at Save the Children here: Macroeconomics and Child Rights, Budget for Child Rights, and Children in Zambias Budget. Anna works full time on MSC assignments.

Anna has lived in France, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States. In addition, she has worked with assignments in, among other: Angola, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia - and the United Nations in Geneva and New York.

Languages: English, French, Spanish and Swedish.

Consultant profile is available on request.



The AT4HR Foundation was formed by Anna Schnell, Erica Coetzee and Erik Melander in 2011 to advance human rights by promoting accountability, transparency and participation. To date it has conceptualised, developed and lead a 14 month Budget Transparency and Child Nutrition (BTCN) study, and developed a Guide on how to design and conduct a survey related to budget transparency and human rights. The guide is based on the experience of the BTCN project.

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Empowerment and Accountability Consortium

MSC together with NIDS Development Services, DEGE Consult and Internews Europe have formed the Empowerment and Accountability Consortium, which holds the Sida Democratic Governance and Human Rights framework agreement 2015-2017, which has been extended to 2019. MSC is the lead of the Consortium and works in collaboration with the below Human Rights and Democratic Governance Team.


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Human Rights and Democratic Governance Team

MSC and NIDS, together with a network of a range of independent consultants and organisations, form the Human Rights and Democratic Governance Team (HRDG Team), which also takes on assignments related to the above mentioned Sida framework. The Team was originally created in 2008 as a help desk for Sida on the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has grown to now providing human rights and democratic governance analyses, advice, mentoring, workshops, evaluations, tools and material in person, on paper and for the web - globally.

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  • Swedepeace          

  • Swedepeace is an impartial and independent organisation which, in collaboration with a global network of partners, helps create conditions for human security and peaceful conflict resolution.

  Erik Melander  

holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Research. He is Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and previously also Adjunct Professor at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Erik works part time on MSC projects. His research and teaching focus is on the causes and consequences of armed conflict, peace processes, and how conflict can be prevented. He uses a range of quntitative and qualitative methods, and integrates a gender perspective.

Click here to find out more about Erik's work.

Erik has lived in Russia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, he has working experience from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Kenya, Thailand, and the Yugoslav Federation.

Languages: English, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Swedish.

Consultant profile is available on request.




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