SHPIG Research Team

Nicky Pouw

Project coordinator

Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research AISSR, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: n.r.m.pouw@uva.nl

Expertise: Development Economics focusing on: poverty and inequality, household economics, economic development, gender and economic empowerment, well-being, rural development, food priorities, inclusive economics

Nicky Pouw is Assistant Professor since 2008 in the International Development Studies programme and member of the Governance for Inclusive Development (GID) research group at Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics of Development at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Video interview with Nicky Pouw

Katja Bender

Project coordinator

International Center for Sustainable Development, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Sankt Augustin, Germany

Email: katja.bender@h-brs.de

Expertise: Developing Economics focusing on: social protection in low and middle income countries, health and development, political economy of reforms in developing countries, applied institutional economics

Katja Bender is a development economist. Since 2012 Katja is Professor of Economic and Social Development at the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)/Faculty of Business Administration at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She is the academic director of the international MBA-program “CSR & NGO Management” and co-convener of the EADI-Working Group on Social Protection. She held various positions in academics and worked as Policy Adviser for social protection and health financing at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Germany. She is a member of the central decision-making body of the  Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung and has been a member of the scientific Advisory Board “Social protection and inclusion of disabled people” for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Her country experience includes various Asian and African countries.

Kennedy Alatinga

Local coordinator

University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana
Email: kalatinga@gmail.com

Expertise: Social protection, poverty and health equity, public policy and governance

Kennedy Alatinga has graduated with a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration in the School of Government of University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His thesis focused on poverty and access to health care in Ghana, where he analysed the equity gap with health insurance.  He is currently lecturer at the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, Ghana.

Video interview with Kennedy Alatinga

Clement Adamba

Local coordinator

School of Education and Leadership, University of Ghana (UoG), Legon, Accra, Ghana
Email: cadamba@ug.edu.gh


Cadamba1@yahoo.com

Expertise: Development research with particular focus on: evaluation of education and health policies, poverty, social protection, health insurance, health care cost analysis, household surveys, maternal health, and socioeconomic dynamics of Buruli Ulcer disease

Clement Adamba is a Researcher and a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership, School of Education and Leadership, University of Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Ghana. Clement has great expertise in the design and implementation of household surveys and use of household surveys for policy analysis. Clement worked at ISSER as Project Coordinator of the ISSER-EGC Ghana Socioeconomic Panel Study from 2012-2015.

Bethuel Kinuthia

Local coordinator

University of Nairobi (UoN), Nairobi, Kenia
Email: bkinuthia@uonbi.ac.ke

Expertise: Empirics microeconomics/micro econometrics, international trade and finance, social-economic issues such as poverty, unemployment, migration and growth, comparative studies in development economics in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia

Bethuel Kinyanjui Kinuthia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Leiden University of the Netherlands. Since his graduation in 2013 he is occupying a position as lecturer and researcher at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is Member of the Editorial Committee and Examination Officer of the School of Economics in the University of Nairobi.

Video interview with Bethuel Kinuthia

Susanne von Itter

Knowledge management and dissemination

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Bonn, Germany 
Email: itter@eadi.org

Expertise: Human ecology, sustainable development, participatory processes and political participation, development education, knowledge management, research communication, event management, association management

Susanne von Itter holds a Diploma in Geography with specialization Ecology and Environment from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Since 2000 she is staff member of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and Director of the Executive Secretariat since 2013.

Video interview with Susanne von Itter

Esther Schüring

Senior researcher

International Center for Sustainable Development, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Sankt Augustin, Germany

Email: esther.schuering@h-brs.de

Expertise: social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries; design, implementation and evaluation of social cash transfer programs with a particular focus on targeting and conditionality, political economy of social protection

Esther Schüring is Professor for Social Protection Systems at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences since 2013. She holds her Ph.D. in social protection policy and has several years of working experience as a Policy Analyst and Adviser in the field of social protection with GIZ, GFA, UNCDF, UNICEF, and others in various countries in Africa and Asia.

Barbara Rohregger

Senior researcher

International Center for Sustainable Development, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Sankt Augustin, Germany

Email: barbara.rohregger@h-brs.de

Expertise: social policy and social protection system in low and transition countries; the role of social protection in strengthening sector outcomes (health, agriculture/food security); governance of social protection systems; politics of social protection

Dr. Barbara Rohregger holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and has a long standing working experience as an expert in the field social protection with several development organisations, including GIZ, KFW, UNDP, UNICEF and WHO in various countries in Africa and Central Asia. She is a lecturer at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna and at the Master program “Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems” at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University.

Video interview with Barbara Rohregger

Margherita Giordano

Junior researcher

Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research AISSR, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Email: m.giordano@uva.nl

Expertise: Social Protection, Development Economics, Food security

Margherita Giordano is affiliated as research assistant to the Governance and Inclusive Development group at the University of Amsterdam. Since her graduation in Development and Environment Economics at Roma Tre University, she has been working in the projects SHPIG and Women Food Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Burkina Faso.

Video interview with Margherita Giordano

Lizzie Dipple

Junior researcher

Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research AISSR, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Email: e.a.dipple@uva.nl

Expertise: Development Economics, Impact Evaluation, Gender

Lizzie Dipple takes over from Margherita Giordano for the final months of the SHPIG project. She is a development economist and research assistant in the Governance and Inclusive Development group at the University of Amsterdam. She recently graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam, after a previous career in project management and publishing. Lizzie also works on the Women Food Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Burkina Faso project.

Social and Health Policies for Inclusive Growth (SHPIG)

Breaking the vicious circle between poverty and ill-health:
Are cash transfers and social health protection policies in Ghana and Kenya mutually complementary?