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Clients Voices

The Swiss News Agency SDA has decided to quote some of your statements in the interview. I believe that this is but consequent in view of the fact that your explanations (on the situation in Afghanistan after 9/11) have been very informative.
A. Tunger-Zanetti, Foreign Correspondent, Lucerne News, 21.8.2001

On the world debate (on desertification and food security), we have Martin Sommer, he is a food security specialist who has been working in many countries in the South, among them Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Zeinab Badawi, Moderator BBC World Debate, Villages on the Frontline, 5 October 2006

Martin, with happy memories of earlier times (collaboration in India; joint evaluation of participatory watershed development; exchange on self-evaluation), the hope that you will be provoked and enjoy this book and all good wishes for the future.
Sir Robert Chambers, Berlin, 3 May 2012

Many thanks for your thoughtful and helpful message. Rarely do I receive such insightful feedback. I truly appreciate it. Your message helps me understand what is working well and what still needs to be improved.
Dr. William Dar, Director General International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India, 19 October 2012

Dear Martin, you are highly recommended by several people in Evaluation. I very much value your insight and would love to learn who you would recommend as candidates for the important task of Director Evaluation of IFAD.
Victoria Dimitrakopoulos, Consultant for head hunting of IFAD-IOE , EgonZehnder, USA, 18 April 2014

Martin Sommer is analytically sharp and highly focussed. It is my privilege to recommend Martin for any prestigious and highly demanding international consulting assignment.
Dr. N R Jagannath, Development Consultant, Bangalore, India, October 2014

Martin (in his assignment as country director SDC in Laos) was future orientated and prepared to take risks in laying the groundwork for activities that would have longer-term payoffs.
Dr. Sean Foley, Consultant SAMDANA, Ex. Board Member  Australia & New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, November 2014

Dear Martin, we continue our work on sustainable development metrics, now applying the HDI-Footprint approach with a little twist to village level development. Would love to exchange notes once with you.
Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network, USA, 3 October 2015

Thank you very much for coming to the Anhui Province. We are sure that the valuable IPRCC cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC will gow deeper in the future. Hopefully we will have the honour to have your advice or comments also in the future.
Dr. Liu Qianqian, International Poverty Reduction Center Chin IPRCC, 24 April 2015

Your highly professional inputs had a big effect on the Chinese Delegation: The participants expressed that they would contribute greatly to the development of their current policy recommendation for their Chinese national and foreign aid policy on evaluation.
Evelin Stettler, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, 23 April 2015

SDC appreciates the well written evaluation report (on the Executive Master in Development Policy and Practices DPP of the Geneva Graduate Institute). It offers a good base for SDC in order to approve the ongoing support of the DPP . We especially welcome the recommendations made  by the evaluators in order to improve the quality of the DPP in the future. 
Directorate, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, 25 March 2015

Thank you for this. This is great! I was ready to give up this assignment if it wasn't because of you. There is still more I want to learn from you, so I'm sticking around (with the evaluationb of the Country Programme Laos of  Fastenopfer)
Vilayphone Chouramany, Independent Consultant, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 March 2015

I have read your report, it is very useful and concise! I can use it very well for the discussions around impact chains, value chains and the thematic consistency .
Bernhard Wenger, Consultant on the corporate strategy of Fastenopfer, Zurich, Switzerland, 26 March 2015

I find your 1st report of the Laos evaluation most interesting and valuable.
Helena Jeppesen, Fastenopfer Desk Laos and Philippines, 29 April 2015

Thank you greatly for having agreed to compile a useful corporate model for Fastenopfer on such short notice! We could adopt it as it came and use it instantly in our discussions with the main donor SDC.
Patrick Renz, Director, Fastenopfer Lucerne, Switzerland, 9 March 2016

Most of all I'd like to thank you  for your advice and support in the development of a new generation of programs, for all your feedbacks and inputs which I have appreciated as most helpful!
Suzann Schuepp, Fastenopfer Head Development Policy, Fastenopfer Lucerne, Switzerland, 18 March 2016

Yes, the guide still needs some work on our side, but your efficient input has made it possible that our staff can continue the design phase at a high level and to appropriate the  concept. (...) It was once more super good to have you with us last Wednesday! Thanks for this!                                                      Sandrine Cottier-Llense, Head Quality Control, Fastenopfer Lucerne, Switzerland 22 June 2016  

The fact that we could complete all our strategies and planning documents and hand them in on time to the SDC is also credit to you! I wish to thank you very much for the support. I appreciate your calm and competent way of thinking and commenting and look forward to count on your continued assistance also in the coming year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Markus Brun, Head Cooperation South, Fastenopfer Lucerne, Switzerland, 23 December 2016

We are very happy about your proposals. special thanks go for the argumentarium which was very helpful. In all most of your proposals were helpful in terms of simplifications, clarifications and better formulation of indicators. The matrix is now definitely SMARTer and more clear - a big thank you for that!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Madeleine Bolliger, Coordinator NGO Cooperation Network, Bread for all, Berne, Switzerland, 29 August 2016

Many thanks for the exciting meeting and your time. This session has clarified enormously the task ahead!                                                                               Barbara Lutz, Head Cooperation Systems, Bread for all, Berne, Switzerland, 22 September 2016