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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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Participatory Action Research with Disabled Adolescents in Nepal (PARDAN)

Intersecting vulnerabilities of disability, low socio-economic status, marginalisation and age indicate that children and young people with disabilities are likely to be uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet, there has been limited research from low-and middle-income countries...


Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


K4D Prosperity Fund COVID-19 Evidence and Learning Initiative

This Evidence and Learning Initiative was a cooperation with the Prosperity Fund (PF). It helped to ensure that in the current context of COVID-19, changes to the existing PF portfolio (and investments in new ones) are informed by and contribute to the evidence base on how the pandemic is...


K4D Learning Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...



Risking sexual exploitation and abuse to get food

The climate emergency is contributing to an unprecedented 828 million hungry people across the world, along with Covid-19, conflict and rising costs. As a result, many are reliant on urgent humanitarian food assistance to try and alleviate their hunger. Women and girls are deeply affected, with...

19 August 2022


Journal Article

Lives Turned Upside Down in COVID-19 Times: Exploring Disabled People’s Experiences in 5 Low-and-middle Income Countries Using Narrative Interviews

This article explores COVID-19 related experiences of disabled people in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda. Narrative interviews generated storied responses, focussing on respondents' priorities, which enabled us to hear what was most significant for them and their families. 143...

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Mary Wickenden & 3 others

30 September 2021

Brigitte Rohwerder’s recent work