CID researchers aim to understand the challenges and obstacles in achieving gender equality and child wellbeing in the developing world. We offer evidence based, practical, policy-oriented solutions to overcome long-standing inequalities and promote inclusive and sustainable development outcomes for all.
Our research focuses on ‘gender gaps’ in labour market outcomes, and women’s empowerment. We delve into all aspects gender inequality including institutional, social, and extraneous factors (such as weather and crime) resulting in suboptimal outcomes and status for women in the society. We develop quantifiable multidimensional statistics to measure gender equity. These statistics serve as methodological tool, assisting policymakers in designing the development policy. We examine gender bias in fertility behaviour especially in Asian context and the role of gender norms and household perspective fostering this behaviour.
As primary caregivers, improving gender equity in developing countries is often associated with improved conditions for children. However, children experience poverty and vulnerability differently to adults. As such, our research not only aims to uncover the nexus between maternal and child wellbeing, but how to improve the conditions of children. We focus on issues related to education, child labour and health.