Karstein Haarberg

Karstein Haarberg


Key Qualifications

Karstein has about 25 years of experience in evaluation and reviews. He has led several projects involving multicultural teams and diverse methodologies in Asia, Africa and Europe.

He has covered many sectors, from health, higher and to some extent basic education, international trade and labour market, health to civil society. He has worked in many different countries and he is an experienced project manager and PRINCE2 (Foundation and Practitioner) certified as well as have a special interest in evaluation methodology and has developed an evaluation framework, with both strong data collection as well as innovative participatory process methods.

He has strong experience and diverse experience in evaluation methodologies in both quantitative and qualitative methods, from the evidence based “Gold Standard” to participatory dialog methods. Haarberg has not only used impact and quantitative methodologies but also used and developed participatory evaluation methods, based on Appreciative Inquiry (AI)/strength methods.

He has aided with reforming the legal and regulatory framework for public debt management and public investments in a European country. The reform work related to the evaluation of the current legal and operational framework of abovementioned areas as well as implementation. In addition, he was project and team leader on a performance audit of outstanding public debt (from export credit guarantees) towards several developing countries, following OECD rules and regulations, as well as global guidelines. The project was high profiled and was presented in the UN on their General Assembly 2013 and he is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on sovereign debt audit.

Haarberg has experience from research, consultancy and in public service. He is an economist (Cando econ) by training.





  • Internal Auditor
  • Economist (Cand. Oecon) 



Thematic experienceTechnical Experience
  • Evalutations
  • Impact evaluation
  • Internal Audit
  • Participatory evaluation
  • Organizational reviews
  • Internal control, risk and governance


Country Experience 


Europe: Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Estonia, Moldova

Asia: China, Tibet (China), Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines

Africa: Angola, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, South Africa, North and South Sudan, Jordan

Americas: Colombia