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Date(s) - 03/03/2022
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, the Duke Center for International Development is pleased to host a webinar, “Amplifying Women’s Voices: The State of Research on Women’s Empowerment,” featuring experts from leading development organizations in a discussion about groundbreaking research on critical issues in women’s rights and international development.

Moderated by Kate Vyborny, PhD, associate director of Duke University’s DevLab and instructor in DCID’s Master of International Development Policy program, the panel will discuss women’s political and economic participation as well as new research areas and approaches. Presenters include:

  • Jan E. Cooper, PhD, MPH, research associate in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Diya Dutta, PhD, social development research consultant, Oxfam America
  • Jacobus de Hoop, PhD, senior economist, World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice, co-leader of the Gender Innovation Lab for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Susan D. Hyde, PhD, co-author of MetaKeta project and professor and Department of Political Science chair, co-director, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Over the past 10 years, Jan E. Cooper has studied incentive and cash transfer programs in India and Tanzania. She focuses on demand- and supply-side incentives for health promotion and women’s access to health care. In her current role as a Research Associate at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, she studies the determinants and outcomes of access to effective care in India. Previously, as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), she investigated cash transfer interventions to improve maternal and child health in India, and developed a new method to measure women’s agency. She received a PhD in Health Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where she specialized in Population Health.

Diya Dutta holds a PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship to read for an M.Phil degree in Development Studies from Oxford University. Diya has been involved in various grassroots research in India and S. Asia for more than 18 years. She is passionate about women’s rights issues and has been working in-depth on gender based violence, unpaid care work adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights, and women’s political leadership is local level governance. Diya has worked with the United Nations, several leading think tanks in India and Oxfam India previously. Currently, she is an independent consultant, social development research.

Jacobus de Hoop is a senior economist in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice and co-leads the Gender Innovation Lab for Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the World Bank, Jacob worked as a humanitarian policy research manager at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, was a member of the Transfer Project, worked as a researcher at the International Labour Organization (ILO), and was affiliated with the Paris School of Economics as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow. He holds a PhD in economics from the Tinbergen Institute and VU University in Amsterdam.

Susan D. Hyde is a professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley, and the Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy. She studies international influences on domestic politics, teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and is active in promoting policy-relevant research. She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. Her research on election observation included serving on missions with several organizations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela, and she has worked with the Carter Center, the National Democratic Institute, Democracy International, the International Republican Institute, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on democracy promotion issues and researching how democracy promoting organizations can evaluate the effects of their work.




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