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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

Brigitte joined IDS in 2013. She currently works mainly on Inclusion Works! and Disability Inclusive Development, two DFID funded programmes implemented through consortiums led by Sightsavers.

Inclusion Works! is focused on supporting people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda into formal employment. Disability Inclusive Development focuses on programmes supporting people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and Tanzania in relation to education, health, livelihoods, and stigma and discrimination. She has worked for K4D (Knowledge and Evidence for Development) and the GSDRC helpdesks on disability inclusion, humanitarian response, conflict, governance, and social development issues, providing support to DFID, DFAT and EC advisors. She has also worked with the Humanitarian Learning Centre and on the Balancing unpaid care work and paid work project.

Previously, she worked as a researcher for the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) on evaluations for DFID, UNICEF and the Government of Afghanistan related to education, refugee return, disaster preparation and response. She has researched and published on disability inclusion in conflict and humanitarian response. She has a MA in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York and a MA(Hons) in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.

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Humanitarian Learning Centre

The Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) is a joint initiative of the Institute of Development Studies, the International Rescue Committee and Crown Agents.


K4D Helpdesk Service

The Helpdesk service provides the UK Department for International Development (DFID) with quick access to evidence and analysis on development policy and programme questions through rapid response or more substantive emerging issues reports, from our team of qualified researchers.


Balancing unpaid care work and paid work

The 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides...



Working Paper

Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Response

HLC Operational Practice Paper 1

The World Report on Disability estimates that about 15 per cent of the world’s population have some form of disability, with disability prevalence likely to increase as a result of ageing populations and the global increase in chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease,...

1 December 2017

Brigitte Rohwerder’s recent work


Gender and Sexuality

IDS is well known for its progressive gender research, knowledge sharing and teaching, and for the central role it has played in the conceptual shift from a 'women in development' to a 'gender and development' focus, as well as for critically bringing sexuality and masculinities into gender...