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Naila Kabeer - Emiritus Fellow

Emeritus Fellows; Gender and Sexuality


Parveen Mungroo

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 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?

IDS Working Paper 417 (2013)

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

IDS Working Paper

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

IDS Working Paper 387 (2012)

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

IDS Working Paper 375 (2011)

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

IDS Research Report of IDS Working Paper 343 (2011)

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

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

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