Gabriele Köhler - Honorary Associate

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As an Associate of IDS, Gabriele is affiliated with the Institute's research, notably the of the Centre for Social Protection, and a keen advocate of the IDS's seminal work in food security, social policy, and development visions more generally. From 2010-2012, Gabriele was a Visiting Fellow at IDS, and undertook research on the objectives and instruments of social policy in South Asia as expressions of a possible distinct welfare state approach in the region. This resulted in a volume on Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia, 2014, Routledge: London and New York, co-edited with Dr Deepta Chopra.

She is currently a Senior Research Associate of the UN Research Institute on Social Development, working on the role of the rights-based developmental welfare state in the post-2015 development process and the SDGs. She has recently been advising UNICEF in Nepal and Myanmar on social protection reforms, and worked with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on Asian welfare states.

Gabriele's background is in international development, with a UN career spanning almost three decades. At UNCTAD, she led work on policy coherence, coordination, communications and outreach and undertook policy-related research on international trade, commodities, and investment. As the UNICEF South Asia regional advisor on social policy she advised on policy innovation opportunities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

As the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident-Representative in Latvia, she directed programmes on social inclusion; good governance, public policy and judicial reform; environmental management; and youth and health. At UN ESCAP, Gabriele worked on development planning, economic and social policy, and the LDCs. She read macro-economics and development studies at the Universities of Regensburg, Tübingen, Munich, Wuppertal, and Ottawa.

Gabriele serves on several advisory boards, including Munich City Council's committee on municipal development cooperation, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), and the German United Nations Association (DGVN). She is an elected member of the UNICEF National Committee Germany.

Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia

This book sheds light on social policies in six South Asian countries introduced between 2003 and 2013, examining the ways in which these policies have come about, and what this reflects about the nature of the state in each of these countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Trade and Development – A Forgotten Issue?

The UN system has invited international organisations, governments and local government bodies, academic institutions and think tanks, civil society organisations, the private sector, trade unions, foundations, religious groups, individuals to offer their ideas and views on the next development agenda. More details

This is the image of the paper, 'Human Security and the Next Generation of Comprehensive Human Development Goals'.

Human Security and the Next Generation of Comprehensive Human Development Goals

This paper makes a case for extending the MDGs beyond 2015 but significantly reshaping them and to move away from the outdated and oversimplified North-South dichotomy. More details

This is the cover of IDS Bulletin 42.6, 'Social Protection for Social Justice'.

Social Protection for Social Justice

IDS Bulletin 42.6 (2011)

The articles in this IDS Bulletin are drawn from a conference hosted by the Centre for Social Protection at IDS in April 2011. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Hunger: The True Growth Story in India

Although many of the policies needed for ensuring genuine food security of the people of India are in place, they require more public resources and genuinely inclusive and empowering approach. More details

Towards Systems of Social Protection

15 Feb 2013
By Gabriele Köhler

India needs justice for all

17 Jan 2013
By Gabriele Köhler

China: an economic miracle built on sadness

19 Dec 2012
By Gabriele Köhler

Mentions in the media

Thematic Expertise:
Trade and Growth; Food Security; Public Policy; Industry; Social Policy; Social Protection; Sustainable Development Goals.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Social Protection.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; East Asia (excluding Japan and South Korea); Non-OECD Europe; South East Asia; China; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania.