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Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay


Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, PhD, is a social anthropologist specialised in social development with a focus on gender and development. She has 30 years of experience in gender and development research, advisory work, teaching and training.


  • Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the UN Women Training Centre established the certificate Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers (PDPGT) in a response to the growing need for gender capacity strengthening and the absence of formal professional development of gender trainers. The programme is the first of its kind The PDPGT aims to reposition training […]

  • Gender Analysis of The Iraq-Public Sector Modernisation (I-PSM)

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Iraq-Public Sector Modernization programme (I-PSM), a multi-agency UN joint programme, supports the Government of Iraq and regional Government of Kurdistan to modernize the public sector and build effective, efficient, and responsive public administrations. KIT provided support and gender analysis to help I-PSM achieve its goals. The I-PSM worked to develop an effective, efficient, and […]

  • Mobilising for Women’s Rights: the Role of Resources

    • Institute
    • Project

    This research undertaken in Ghana and Bangladesh explored the link between aid reform as a result of the Paris Declaration and its impact on women’s rights organisations in aid-dependent countries. The Rights and Resources conference was organised to share findings and think strategically on future interventions. The research done This research was undertaken by KIT in collaboration with […]

  • Revisiting Gender Training

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT designed and facilitated this project to critically reflect on the state of gender training in international development. The project brought together researchers and activists and practitioners through an online discussion forum, international conference and publication that updated the thinking on gender practice, and initiated further conferences in Nepal and Johannesburg. Learning from 20 years in gender studies and […]

  • Strengthening the Capacity of the Women National Committee in Order to Enhance Gender Mainstreaming in Yemen

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT, in consortium with the Maastricht School of Management, was hired to strengthen the capacity of the Women National Committee (WNC) to guide the mainstreaming of gender and provide leadership for the improvement of the status of women in Yemen. The project strengthened WNC’s capacity to mainstream gender and address women’s needs and interests in government […]

  • Health Stewardship and Regulation in Vietnam, India and China (HESVIC)

    • Institute
    • Project

    HESVIC was a 3½ year research project investigating how regulation affects equitable access to quality maternal health care through a comparative study of three Asian countries – Vietnam, India and China. The project was implemented under the European Community 7th Framework Programme. Recommendations for regulation of maternal health services The HESVIC research systematically assessed the effects […]

  • Gender and Rights Resource Guide

    • Institute
    • Project

    The online Gender and Rights Resource Guide enables non-governmental organisations to enhance their gender perspective on Rights Based Approaches (RBAs). The guide’s development has been informed by both literature and practices emerging from struggles for gender rights and equality. Concepts and tools for development practice The guide begins by demystifying the concept of rights in […]


  • Politics of the possible

    In 1995, Novib and a number of its partners initiated a courageous and risky journey; they undertook a collective learning and organisational change process to promote gender equality within their organisations. The programme was called the Gender Focus Programme. The Politics of the Possible is the story of the journey undertaken by seven NGO partners […]


  • Decentralisation and gender equity in South Asia

    • Briefing paper

    Decentralisation, in its simplest definition, is a form of governance that transfers authority and responsibility from central to intermediate and local governments (ODI 2002). In much of the development literature decentralisation of government has been treated as a technical exercise involving administrative and institutional reform to improve performance and planning and to make allocative decisions […]

  • Mainstreaming gender or ‘streaming’ gender away: feminists marooned in the development business

    This article is about taking stock of experiences of mainstreaming gender. It addresses two related concerns. First, that after three decades of feminist activism in the field of development – both at the level of theory and practice – most development institutions have still to be constantly reminded of the need for gender analysis in […]

  • Creating voice and carving space

    While it is clear for Thekla, the Namibian woman quoted above, that politics and power play a central role in decisions governing her life and that of people like her, international development agencies supporting the good governance agenda in the 1990s largely failed to acknowledge this in their approaches (Robinson, 1995). The ‘good governance’ agenda […]

  • Governing for equity

    • Report

    The conference ‘Governing for Equity’ was the outcome of a process in which many individuals and institutions have been involved over a period of three years beginning in 1999. In that year KIT Gender, at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, initiated a three-year programme entitled ‘Gender, Citizenship and Governance’. The Gender, Citizenship and Good […]

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