Prof. Dr Katja Bender

Professor for Economics, especially Economic and Social Development Executive Director International Center for Sustainable Development Academic Director MBA CSR & NGO Management

Field of research

  • Social protection and health systems in developing countries
  • Political economy of reform processes in developing countries
  • Technological change and institutional change

Contact

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Email: 
katja.bender [at] h-brs.de

Sankt Augustin

Grantham-Allee 20
53757
Sankt Augustin
Room: 
G 045

Profile

Subject area

Economics, especially economic and social development

Teaching areas

  • Microeconomics
  • Development economics
  • Social protection
  • Research methods

Research areas

  • Social protection and health systems in developing countries
  • Political economy of reform processes in developing countries
  • Technological change and institutional change

 

Supervision of PhD-projects

In cooperation with Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Callistus Agbaam  (1st supervisor)
  • Klaudia Michalek-Kursawe  (1st supervisor)
  • Andrew Boogards (1st supervisor)
  • Lisa Hilleke (2nd supervisor)

In cooperation with Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

  • Ana Perez Arredondo “Adoption of risk transfer mechanism among small and medium scale farmers and the role of social capital” (1st supervisor),

 

Regional working experience

Sub-Saharan Africa (Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania); South Asia & South-East Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam)

 

Membership/Commission activities

  • Vicepresident European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
  • Co-Founder International Working group “Social Protection” of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
  • Expert member Konferenz Diakonie und Entwicklung (on behalf of Bread for the World)
  • Expert member ADvisory Board CARE Germany
  • Member selection committee Carlo-Schmid-Program “Internships in International Organisations”, DAAD
  • Member Advisory Board of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in systems of social protection” (until 2016)

Projects

Current projects

  • Energy Self-sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana (EnerShelf), Definitionsvorhaben CLIENT II – Internationale Partnerschaften für nachhaltige Innovationen“ [Funding organisation: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)]
  • NRW-Fortschrittskolleg 'One Health and Urban Transformation' [Funding organisation: Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF) NRW

 

Closed projects:

  • 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 complementing? [Funding organisation:  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - WOTRO Science for Global Development] 2015-2017
  • Globale Partnerships – North Rhine-Westphalia and international sustainable development –Status Quo und perspectives [Funding organisation: Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF) NRW] 2015-2016
  • International Policy Learning and Policy Change: Scientific Inputs for the Dialogue on Social Protection with Global Partners [Co-financing: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)], 2013-2014

Publications

Papers or articles in edited volumes​

  • Rohregger, Barbara/Bender, Katja/Kinuthia, Bethuel/Schüring, Esther/Ikua, Grace/Pouw, Nicky: The politics of implementation or why institutional interaction matters: The role of traditional authorities in delivering pro-poor social policies in Kenya. IZNE Working Paper Series, 18/2., Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, 2018.

    Bender, K., Barbara Rohregger, Bethuel Kinuthia, Grace Ikua, Nicky Pouw, Esther Schüring, Understanding multiple trajectories of extending social protection to the poor. An analysis of institutional change in Kenya, IZNE Working Paper Series Nr. 17/6, 2017

  • Bender, K. (2016), Internationale Politikdiffusion und Umsetzung des Rechts auf soziale Sicherung, MenschenRechtsMagazin, Heft 2/16

  • Bender, K., Loewe, M., Schüring, E. (2016), Soziale Sicherung in Entwicklungsländern, in: Handbuch zur Sozialversicherungswissenschaft. Grenzen überwinden: Interdisziplinäre Diskurse innerhalb des Systems der Sozialversicherung, Springer-Verlag Berlin,  2015
  • Bender, K., Keller, S. und Willing, H. (2014), The Role of International Policy Transfer and Diffusion for Policy Change in Social Protection – A Review of the State of the Art, BMZ/GIZ/IZNE, Bonn, 2014
  • Bender, K., Keller, S. und Willing, H. (2014), Insights into the Role of International Policy Networks for International Policy Transfer and Policy Learning in Social Protection, BMZ/GIZ/IZNE, Bonn, 2014
  • Bender, K., Nachhaltigkeit aus institutionenökonomischer Perspektive am Beispiel der Schiefergasförderung, in Seegers, N. et al., Hrsg., Responsible Business – Nachhaltiges Handeln in Unternehmen, Nomos-Verlag, Berlin, 2014.
  • Bender, K., The Political Economy of Social Protection Reforms in Developing Countries: What is to be explained and how?, to be published in Social Protection in Developing Countries: Reforming Systems, eds. Bender, K.; Kaltenborn, M. and Pfleiderer, C., Routledge, 2013
  • Bender, K., Health Financing Mechanisms, Access to Health and Economic Growth;  IEE Working Paper 192, 2011
  • Bender, K. and Rompel, M., Financial Crisis and Social Protection Reform - Brake or Motor?, with Rompel, M.,  in: Bauer, A.; Thant, M. (ed.), The Impact of the Global Economic Slowdown on Poverty and Sustainable Development in Asia and Pacific", Asian Development Bank (Manila/Tokyo), 2010
  • Bender, K., Soziale Sicherung im Krankheitsfall für Mittellose, in: Die Krankenversicherung, 2008, 60(1), S.22-24
  • Bender, K., Social Protection Reform in Indonesia - In Search of Universal Coverage, with Knöss, J.in: Küsel, Corinna; Maenner, Ulrike; Meissner, Ricarda (ed.), Social and Ecological Market Economy, GTZ, Eschborn, 2008
  • Bender, K., The Role of Social Protection within a Social Market Economy, in: Küsel, Corinna; Maenner, Ulrike; Meissner, Ricarda (Ed.), Social and Ecological Market Economy, GTZ, Eschborn, 2008

 

Monographs and editorships

  • Bender, K.; Kaltenborn, M. und Pfleiderer, C., Hrsg., Social Protection in Developing Countries: Reforming Systems, Routledge, Abingdon, 2013
  • Bender, K., Institutionelle Reformen für dezentrale Entwicklung: Die Rolle gemeinschaftsbasierter Organisationen am Beispiel kooperativer Versicherungsarrangements, Verlag für Entwicklungspolitik, Saarbrücken, 2006

 

Policy reports and Papers

  • Bender, K. et al., Options for Social Protection Reform in Indonesia, with et al., Jakarta, 2008
  • Bender, K.,  Holst, J., Möller, S und Schramm, B., Soziale Krankenversicherung - Ein Beitrag zur internationalen entwicklungspolitischen Diskussion über umfassende Systeme der sozialen Sicherheit/ Social Health Insurance - A contribution to the international development policy on universal systems of social protection, with.,  GTZ/ BMZ, 2005