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Naila Kabeer - Research Fellow

Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction

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Administrator:
Marion Clarke

Thematic Expertise:
Microfinance; Gender; Livelihoods; Social Protection; Social Protection; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; South East Asia.

Naila Kabeer no longer works at IDS.

Previously Naila Kabeer was a Professorial Fellow at IDS whilst working part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at DFID. She has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender concerns into policy and planning.

She is a social economist working on the social and economic interactions between households, communities and the wider economy. Areas of specialisation include: poverty, social exclusion and gender in relation to labour markets and livelihood strategies in the context of globalisation. Her main areas of research have been in South and South east Asia. She has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender concerns into policy and planning and has substantial experience of training and advisory work with governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs. Currently engaged in research on social protection strategies and struggles for citizenship among workers in the informal economy.

Recently Naila has been working with the UN Division for the Advancement for Women (DAW) as the lead author on 'The World Survey on Women and Development, 2009'.

This commissioned study brought together the existing literature on gender and social protection in the informal economy with a view to drawing out lessons on good practice to inform ongoing policy discussions.

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IDS was commissioned to study the nature and causes of women's exclusion from social protections coverage

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This is the cover of 'Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy'.

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy

Women as a group have often been divided by a number of intersecting inequalities: class, race, ethnicity, caste. More details

Gender Equality and Economic Growth: Is there a Win-Win?

To what extent does gender equality contribute to economic growth? And to what extent does the reverse relationship hold true? More details

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Afghan Values or Women’s Rights? Gendered Narratives about Continuity and Change in Urban Afghanistan

There is considerable debate about the extent to which gender equality and womens’ rights are universal values. This debate has been particularly heated in Afghanistan where the violation of women’s rights by the Taliban regime was one justification used by the US and its allies for their invasion of the country. More details

This is the cover to IDS Working Paper 375, 'Does Paid Work Provide a Pathway to Women’s Empowerment? Empirical Findings from Bangladesh'/

Does Paid Work Provide a Pathway to Women's Empowerment? Empirical Findings from Bangladesh

The debate about the relationship between paid work and women’s position within the family and society is a long standing one. More details

IDS Research Summary

NGOs’ Strategies and the Challenge of Development and Democracy in Bangladesh

In recent years Bangladesh has achieved rising rates of growth and a slow but steady decline in poverty, it has made remarkable progress on the social front in terms of health and education. More details

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Social protection in Asia: Research findings and policy lessons

This is a synthesis report from the Social Protection in Asia (SPA) policy-research and network-building programme, 2007-2010, funded by the Ford Foundation and IDRC. It presents research findings and draws out policy lessons from the 11 research projects. More details

Can the MDGs provide a pathway
to social justice? The challenge
of intersecting inequalities

Can the MDGs provide a pathway to social justice? The challenges of intersecting inequalities

The starting point for this report is that inequalities matter for the achievement of the MDGs. Inequalities matter at the macroeconomic level because they slow down the pace at which a given rate of growth translates into poverty reduction. More details

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NGOs' Strategies and the Challenge of Development and Democracy in Bangladesh

Recent research on Bangladesh has come to embody an interesting paradox. On the one hand, it has experienced rising rates of growth, a slow but steady decline in poverty and impressive progress in terms of social development, outperforming some of its richer neighbours on a number of Millennium Development Goals. More details

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Social Protection as Development Policy: Asian Perspectives

The Asian crisis of the late 1990s severely affected some of the most successful economies in the region, placing the issue of social protection high on the regional and international agenda. More details

This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 41.4 ' Barriers to the Extension of Social Protection: Evidence from Asia'.

Barriers to the Extension of Social Protection: Evidence from Asia

Social protection is once again high on the international policy agenda as the multiple crises of the past three years have devastated the livelihoods of millions already living in or close to poverty, and increased vulnerability and uncertainty for millions more. More details

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Quantifying the Impact of Social Mobilisation in Rural Bangladesh: Donors, Civil Society and ‘The Road not Taken’

As part of a general trend toward a reduced role for the state, international donors have increasingly encouraged development NGOs to take up a service delivery function. More details

Social Protection in South Asia: A Review

This paper was prepared as part of a Social Protection Scoping Study funded by the Ford Foundation. More details

A Global Review of Social Protection

This paper was prepared as the final report of a Social Protection Scoping Study funded by the Ford Foundation. More details

IDS Research Summary

Quantifying the Impact of Social Mobilisation in Rural Bangladesh: Donors, Civil Society and ‘The Road not Taken’

The debate about civil society within development has been largely influenced by a liberal theoretical tradition which views it as an autonomous collective space between the state and individuals where citizens can come together to debate the public good. More details

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Citizenship Narratives in the Absence of Good Governance: Voices of the Working Poor in Bangladesh

The complex nature of the challenge posed by state-society relations to the realisation of citizenship rights in the poorer countries of the world reflects the incapacity or unwillingness on the part of the state to guarantee basic security of life and livelihoods to its citizens and its proneness to capture by powerful elites that perpetuate this state of affairs. More details

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Citizenship Narratives in the Absence of Good Governance: Voices of the Working Poor in Bangladesh

This paper explores citizenship and collective action in Bangladesh. It examines the meanings and expressions of citizenship among working poor people, and the extent to which participation in different forms of associational life, such as trade unions and development NGOs, promotes the 'capacity to aspire' to an alternative vision of society. More details

Front cover of the Bulletin 39.2, Economic Growth, Social Protection and 'Real' Labour Markets

Economic Growth, Social Protection and 'Real' Labour Markets

The working poor contribute to, and benefit from, economic growth through labour markets and paid work, but employment generation has not featured significantly in the macroeconomic agenda. More details

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Paid Work, Women's Empowerment and Gender Justice: Critical Pathways of Social Change

This paper explores the contradictions and contestations that characterise debates about the relationship between paid work and women’s empowerment. More details

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