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Deepa Narayan Biography

Deepa Narayan

Deepa Narayan

Deepa Narayan is project director of the 15-country World Bank study titled Moving Out of Poverty: Understanding Freedom, Democracy, and Growth from the Bottom Up. From 2002 through 2008 she served as senior adviser in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network of the World Bank, first in the Poverty Reduction Group and subsequently in the vice president’s office within PREM. In 2000, she led the Voices of the Poor project for the World Bank.

She has development experience in Asia and Africa while working across sectors for nongovernmental organizations, national governments and the United Nations. Her areas of expertise include scaled up programs in participatory development, empowerment and community-driven development across sectors. She co-led the early work on social capital and its links to wealth creation. Her current interests include poverty reduction and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected context.

Recent publications include Moving Out of Poverty: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Mobility; Moving Out of Poverty: Success from the Bottom Up; Ending Poverty in South Asia: Ideas that Work; Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives; Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook; and the three-volume Voices of the Poor series.

Links to recent publications


1. Moving Out of Poverty



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2. Voices of the Poor



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  • Volume 1 (by Deepa Narayan , Raj Patel , Kai Schafft , Anne Rademacher , Sara Koch-Schulte )
  • Volume 2 (by Robert Chambers , Deepa Narayan , Meera Shah , Patt Petesch)
  • Volume 3 (ed Deepa Narayan and Patti Petesch)

3. Ending Poverty in South Asia: Ideas That Work (ed Deepa Narayan and Elena Glinskaya)

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4. Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (ed Deepa Narayan)

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5. Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook (ed Deepa Narayan)

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Selected journal articles, book chapters and working papers

i. Measuring Social Capital: An Integrated Questionnaire (with Christiaan Grootaert, Veronica Nyhan Jones and Michael Woolcock) , World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, 2004.

ii. Local institutions, poverty and household welfare in Bolivia (with Christiaan Grootaert), World Development, 2004.

iii. A Dimensional Approach to Measuring Social Capital: Development and Validation of a Social Capital Inventory (with Michael Cassidy), Current Sociology, 2001.

iv. ‘Consultations with the Poor’ from a Health Perspective, Development, 2001.

v. Social Capital: Evidence and Implications (with Lant Pritchett), in Social capital: A Multifaceted Perspective, 2000.

vi. Social Capital: Implications for Development Theory, Research, and Policy (with Michael Woolcock) , The World Bank Research Observer, 2000.

vii. Bonds and Bridges: Social Capital and Poverty, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, 1999.

viii. Cents and Sociability: Household Income and Social Capital in Rural Tanzania (with Lant Pritchett), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1999.

ix. Participation and Social Assessment: Tools and Techniques (with Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken), World Bank Publications, 1998.

x. Design of Social Funds: Participation, Demand Orientation, and Local Organizational Capacity (with Katrinka Ebbe), World Bank Publications, 1997.

xi. Voices of the poor: Poverty and Social Capital in Tanzania, World Bank ESSD Studies and Monographs, 1997.

xii. The Contribution of People’s Participation: Evidence from 121 Rural Water Supply Projects, World Bank Publications, 1995

xiii. Does Participation Improve Performance? Establishing Causality with Subjective Data, Isham et al. World Bank Economic Review.1995; 9: 175-200

xiv. Participatory Evaluation: Tools For Managing Change In Water And Sanitation, World Bank Publications, 1993.

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