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Kristie Drucza
Gender and social inclusion researcher , Independent
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Social development professional with a post-graduate degree in gender, anthropology and participatory development and a PhD that assesses the various ways to build an inclusive state in post-conflict, transitioning Nepal through: affirmative action, federalism, policy, cash transfers and social security.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Ms Drucza began her career in development by exploring the needs of indigenous Australians and now has 16+ years of practical experience working for donors, UNICEF, World Bank, managing consultants, the private sector and non-government organisations. She is an efficient, organised, team player who has mentored junior colleagues and thrives in multicultural environments. She enjoys engaging in policy dialogue around social development issues and builds effective collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including partner governments, while solving complex problems. She has published in academic peer reviewed journals and produced development-related knowledge products.

Ms Drucza is interested in protecting, including, and empowering marginalised groups and women to reduce poverty and inequality. Her research interests include building inclusive states, institutions, and programs and women’s economic empowerment.
Skills include: social protection; cash transfers; governance; social accountability and grievance mechanisms; macro policy analysis of social policies; promoting and building capacity for gender equality and social inclusion (GESI); indigenous people’s development; women's economic empowerment; social exclusion analysis; social and institutional audits (equal opportunity); community/group based development; program design; policy dialogue; program management; monitoring and evaluation frameworks, especially results based; and inclusive business (CSR for the poor).
My PhD explores how social inclusion is conceived and contested in Nepal in terms of policy, political discourse, donor practice and the constitution and how social protection may contribute to building an inclusive state. The research reveals how the post conflict inclusive settlement was undermined by the powerful and how the balance of power now lies with the trade unions and the private sector. Their stalemate over the Social Security Act and Labour Law has stalled other reforms.

It also explores the way cash transfer beneficiaries (widow’s and single women, mothers of children under five, endangered indigenous people, elderly, and disabled) perceive the government’s five main cash transfers and their own sense of citizenship. What emerges from the research is insights about how structural and practiced forms of exclusion are reproduced and/or changed. It gives a sense of the pace of change and the time required to build an inclusive state and a realistic understanding of how social protection and other approaches such as affirmative action and federalism may contribute to social inclusion in a transitioning state.
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