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Dr. Gabriele Bäcker

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Executive Director

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitaetsstr. 105, Room 2.07
44789 Bochum

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27770

Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Consulting Hours: on appointment


1996:   Phd in Economics (Dr. rer oec.), Faculty of Economics, Ruhr University Bochum
1991:   MSc in Management and Economics (Dipl. Ökonom), Faculty of Economics, Ruhr University Bochum

Research Focus

Research Interests:

  • International Trade
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Human Capital and Growth
  • Commodity Risk Management

Country Expertise:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Malawi
  • Sambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Costa Rica


Since 2021 Head of Management Team of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ADAPTED
Since 2011:   Steering Board Member UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies
Since 2008:   Steering Committee Member of the "South African-German Centre for Development Research" at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, funded by DAAD
Since 2005:   Executive Director, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB
Since 2002:   Visiting Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, South Africa


  • Economic Reforms, Income, and Poverty (MADM)
  • Financial Management (MADM)
  • Economic Tutorial (MADM)
  • Research Methodology and Management (PhD IDS)

Mentoring (Master in Development Management)

  • Pedro Mourão de Moura Magalhães (2022): Financial inclusion of agroecological producers in Southern Brazil: A case study on the experience of farmers associated with the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) in being financed by the National Program for Strengthening Family Farmers (PRONAF)
  • Patricia Proaño (2022): Perceived livelihoods effects of the HIAS entrepreneurship program with a gender lens on displaced Venezuelan female in Ecuador
  • Chenai Tsorayi (2022): The role of microfinance in promoting youth financial inclusion for entrepreneurial activities in Zimbabwe
  • Charles Henderson (2020): Major Motivations for Foreign Direct Investment in Ghana – The Role of the Investment Policy Framework
  • Avelino da Silva Junior (2020): Sustainable Livelihood: A case study of the context, challenges and strategies used by female community leaders in rural areas of São Luís - Brazil
  • Patience Teiko Ogbordjor (2019): Exploring the livelihood outcomes of women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Ghana- A case of Wassa Amenfi East Municipality
  • Beyene, Nardos Legesse (2018): Microcredit and Women Economic Empowerment. A Case Study from Omo Microfinance, Hawassa, Ethiopia
  • Mutua, Jesse Kimani (2018): The Role of the Private Sector in Regional Integration - A Case Study of the East African Community
  • Wolf, Verena (2018): Permaculture's Potential to Promote Food Sovereignty: A Case Study of Permaculture Farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region in Ghana
  • Figueroa Hernandez, Gregorio Eliab (2016): Benefits and determinants of financial Low Cost Technologies usage/non-usage
  • Kassie, Workineh Asmare (2016): "Determinants of Smallholder Productivity and Output Growth: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia"
  • Njoko, Mnqobi (2016): Access to Post-Sceondary Education Information and ist Impact on Student of Rural Origin's Access to Higher Education: A Case of Two Schools in Ntabamhlophe, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Rinschede, Tomke (2015): South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy and its impact on firm performance in the tourism sector: an empirical assessment on the example of the hotel industry in the Western Cape region
  • Tefera, Frezer Tilahun (2013): Assessing the Impact of Microfinance for Rural Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Omo Microfinance Institution in Sodo Zuria Woreda, Ethiopia
  • Ahmed, Firoj (2012): Effects of Trade liberalization on Poverty in Bangladesh. A study on the poverty dynamics among the households directly or indirectly associated with RMG industries
  • Escallon Santamaria, Myriam Mercedes (2012): Decentralization and Social Services Delivery. A Case Study from "De Cero a Siempre" Strategy in Colombia
  • Habtemariam, Solomon Ghebrezghabiher (2012): Overlapping Membership and Intra-regional Trade. A Case Study of COMESA and ECOWAS
  • Jafr, Sirwan (2012): Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Inflow to the Iraqui Kurdistan Region
  • Mukasa, Anita Kayise Kyazike (2012): The Capacity of NERCHA Funded NGOs to Implement HIV/AIDS Related Projects
  • Garr, Ewald Quaye Kwabla (2010): Infrastructure and Rural Poverty Reduction: An Impact Assessment of the Keta Sea Defence Project, Ghana
  • Kausya, Leoard Kwinga (2010): Trade and Transport Facilitation in the East African Community. A Case Study on the Perceptions of How Customs Processes and Procedures on Namanga and Malaba Borders Influences Growth in Volumes of Trade among the Republics of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Sydykova, Gulshat (2010): Constraints for Success and Productivity of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Case of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Tran, Nam Binh (2010): International Integration Agreements and the Credibility of Trade Policy Reform: The Case of Vietnam Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Chin'anga, Rumbidzai Francisca (2009): Assessing the Impact of the Maputo Corridor Toll Road as a pro poor development intervention in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Asaba Ajabo, Rebecca (2008): Community Mobilization in Rural Agriculture Development Programs: A Case Study of the Area Based Agriculture Modernization Program in Kisoro District, Uganda
  • Crespo Benitez, Laura Gorety (2008): Participation in Public Sector Reforms. A Case Study of Secondary Education Reform in Mexico
  • Luwabelwa, Mainga (2007): Fiscal Decentralization and Public Financing for Agricultural Extension Services: The Case of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Southern Province of Zambia
  • Omokaro, Osayande (2007): Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Niger Delta: A Case Study of Shell in Delta State
  • Lara Díaz del Castillo, Alejandro Eliseo (2006): Institutional Analysis of the Budget Process with Regard to Debt Accumulation. A Case Study of Puebla, Mexico
  • Tran, Ngoc Diep (2006): Export Promotion of Handicrafts and Poverty Reduction. The Case of Craft Villages in Vietnam
  • Höllige, Olliver (2005): The Influence of Laws, Regulations and Policies on the Development of Micro-, Small- and Medium Enterprises: The Case of the Benguela Province
  • Bui, Hong Hanh (2004): Vietnamese Garment Industry in the Process of Implementing AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Area): The Case of Garment Enterprises in Hanoi
  • Dimaano, Vanessa Agnes (2004): Foreign Aid, Growth and Poverty Reduction. The Case of the Philippines
  • Hoang, Mai Anh (2004): Economic Growth and International Trade: The Case of Vietnam in the 1990s
  • Ha, Hoang-Lan (2002): Creditworthiness Appraisal of Private Enterprises. The Case of Commercial Banks in Vietnam
  • Ouk, Serey Thor (2002): The Problem of Effective Coordination of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Cambodia

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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