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Natalia Zakharchenko

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Research Fellow + PhD Student (ADAPTED)

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.16
44789 Bochum

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24857

Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6953-0411

PhD Project

Rights-based social assistance schemes

(The research project is part of ADAPTED, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which is coordinated by the IEE.)

This project aims at comparing different legal mechanisms, which are used to implement the rights-based approach-principles “participation” and “accountability” in the context of social assistance schemes. In Latin America and SSA in particular, numerous cash transfer systems have recently been developed which can make a significant contribution to the implementation of SDG1. A prerequisite for the sustainable and effective implementation of these social programmes, however, is that the people concerned have sufficient opportunities for participation and that they can effectively complain about deficits in programme implementation. The comparison of several social assistance schemes will show which are the advantages and disadvantages of individual design options.

Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn (Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB)
Prof. Dr. Galina Cornelisse (Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance, VU Amsterdam)

Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Development
  • Postcolonialism
  • Gender Studies

Previous Education

2018 - 2019   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Master of Laws (L.LM) in Law and Politics of International Security, cum laude
2011 - 2012   Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Master of Arts (M.A.), Political Science and Security (Central Asia), magna cum laude
2008 - 2011   American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Major: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International and Comparative Politics, cum laude
Minor: International Public Law

Previous Experience

May 2019 - May 2020 Principal Investigator, “Global Dialogues” Collaborative Research Grant, Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)
Mar 2016 - Dec 2020   Consultant, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Oslo, Norway
Mar 2017 - Feb 2018   ITN Research Assistant, The Research Centre for East European Studies/ Forschungsstelle Osteuropa – FSO, Bremen, Germany
Apr 2015 - Jul 2015   Expert, Gender Mainstreaming, UNDP, Gender Programme, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Feb 2015 - Aug 2015   Consultant to a Baseline Research, UN Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Aug 2014 - Jan 2015   Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014   Visiting Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Oslo, Norway
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012   Junior Professional Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Department of International Organizations and Security, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
May - Jul 2012   Intern, OSCE Secretariat, Conflict Prevention Center, Vienna, Austria


Toqmadi, M., & Zakharchenko, N. (2021). I Agree to The Terms and Conditions: Negotiating Privacy Online in Central Asia. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 13(1), 71–100. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v13i1.633

Zakharchenko, N. (2015). “Quotes on Quotas: Political Representation of Women in Kyrgyzstan in 2007 and 2010 Convocations”. Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University. Available at: http://centralasiaprogram.org/blog/2015/04/02/quotes-on-quotas-political-representation-of-women-in-kyrgyzstan-in-the-2007-and-2010-convocations/

Isabekova G., Omokeev T., Ormushev K., Williams A., & N. Zakharchenko. (2013). “Leaking Projects: Water Management in Kyrgyzstan”. Chr. Michelsen Institute: Bergen, Norway. U4 Practice Insight no. 2013:3, 8. Available at: http://www.u4.no/publications/leaking-projects-corruption-and-local-water-management-in-kyrgyzstan

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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IEE on Tour

Feb 26.2. - 1.3.2024
Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Gabriele Bäcker, Muhammad Saleh, Akua Martinson, Natalia Zakharchenko, Irene Among, Simon Rahn 
ADAPTED Annual Meeting, Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris 1 University, France

Nov 13.11. - 14.11.2023
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Development Dialogue Konferenz (DD19), International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, NL

May 28.5. - 31.5.2023
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Apr 16.4. - 22.4.2023
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South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Apr 3.4. - 7.4.2023
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South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Feb 11.02. - 27.02.2023:
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South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Jan 07.01. -25.01.2023:
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South Africa, Cape Town, UWC, Lecture