Marleen Dekker

Marleen Dekker is Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University. She is trained as a human geographer and holds a PhD in Development Economics. Marleen's research is interdisciplinary in nature and analyzes the role of social networks in accessing markets and local socio-economic development. The focus of her work is on access to formal and informal insurance networks, including community-based health insurance and intra-household resource sharing. Marleen has co-organized several international events including a conference on micro-insurance, seminars on land reform in Zimbabwe, women's bargaining power and economic development, and social protection. Furthermore, she has collaborated in several international research projects in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Togo and Nigeria on social networks, insurance, marriage and intra-household collaboration. Since 2014, Marleen also coordinates the INCLUDE Secretariat, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies in Africa. The platform supports research, shares relevant knowledge with policy makers and practitioners and organizes international policy dialogues on inclusive development themes both in The Netherlands and in African countries.

Keywords: inclusive development, markets, risk, social networks, polygyny, land reform.

2017: Professor Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University (read her Inaugural Address)
2014: Coordinator INCLUDE Knowledge Platform
2007: Senior researcher African Studies Centre Leiden
2004-2007: Post-doctoral Researcher Vrije Universiteit
1999-2004: PhD research Risk Resettlement and Relations in Zimbabwe
1994: MA Human Geography (with distinction)

Prof. Dr. M. (Marleen) Dekker
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+31 (0)71 527 6602
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From macro to micro: how smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are coping with dollarization
(2017)
M. Dekker
Editors: W.E.A. van Beek; J.C.M. Damen; D.W.J. Foeken
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Inclusive development in Africa
(2017)
M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Other

Boosting youth employment in Africa : what works and why?
(2017)
M. Dekker; S. Hollander
Type of Publication: Other

Highlights of the strategic actors synthesis report
(2017)
S. Hollander; M. Dekker; F. van Kesteren
Type of Publication: Other

The evidence base on what works to promote youth employment
(2017)
F. van Kesteren; M. Dekker; S. Hollander
Type of Publication: Other

Cooperation in polygynous households
(2017)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; W. Janssens; B. Kebede; B. Kramer
Type of Publication: Other

Resettlement in Zimbabwe: final destination from the zones of transition
(2015)
M. Dekker
Editors: A. Akinyoade; J.B. Gewald
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Impact of Ethiopia's Community-Based Health Insurance on household economic welfare
(2015)
Z. Yilma; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; M. Dekker; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Journal Article

The impact of Ethiopia's community-based health insurance on household economic welfare : a policy brief
(2015)
Z. Yilma; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; M. Dekker; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Other

The formation of community-based organizations : an analysis of a quasi-experiment in Zimbabwe
(2015)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Impact of Ethiopia's Community Based Health Insurance on household economic welfare
(2014)
M. Dekker; Z.Y. Debebe; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Other

Coping with shocks in rural Ethiopia
(2014)
Z. Yilma; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; D. Abebaw; M. Dekker; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Shocks and coping strategies in rural Ethiopia: a policy brief
(2014)
Z. Yilma; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; D. Abebaw; M. Dekker; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Other

Coping with shocks in rural Ethiopia
(2013)
M. Dekker; Z.Y. Debebe; A. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; D. Abebaw; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Other

Bridging the gender divide: an experimental analysis of group formation in African villages
(2012)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Who shares risk with whom under different enforcement mechanisms?
(2012)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Journal Article

'It is time to start my own farm': the unforeseen effects of two waves of resettlement on household formation in Zimbabwe
(2012)
M. Dekker; B. Kinsey
Editors: J.B. Gewald; A.H.M. Leliveld; I. Peša
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Contextualizing Zimbabwe's land reform: long term observations from the first generation
(2011)
M. Dekker; B. Kinsey
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Creating inclusive communities: the results of resettlement in Zimbabwe
(2011)
M. Dekker; A. Barr
Type of Publication: Other

Health insurance and other risk-coping strategies in Uganda: the case of Microcare Insurance Ltd
(2010)
M. Dekker; A. Wilms
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa
(2010)
Editors: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book

Who shares risk with whom under different enforcement mechanisms?
(2010)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Other

Can't buy me health: financial constraints and health seeking behaviour among rural household members in Central Togo
(2010)
M. Dekker; A.H.M. Leliveld; C. 't Hart; J. Gnimadi
Editors: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Individual or shared responsibility: who finances treatment of illnesses in households in rural Ethiopia?
(2010)
M. Dekker
Editors: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Introduction: economic ethnographies of the marketization of health and healing in Africa
(2010)
M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Editors: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Zuid-Afrika reisgids
(2009)
M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Book

Bridging the gender divide: an experimental analysis of group formation in African villages
(2009)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Other

Intra-household differences in coping with illness in rural Ethiopia
(2008)
M. Dekker
Editors: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A.H.M. Leliveld; D.W.J. Foeken
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Risk sharing relations and enforcement mechanisms
(2008)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; M. Fafchamps
Type of Publication: Other

Trends in non-consumption dimensions of welfare for Tanzania, 1992-2000
(2006)
M. Dekker; J. Hoogeveen
Type of Publication: Conference Paper

Micro-macro verbanden in Tanzania : waar zit de kink in de kabel?
(2005)
M. Dekker; M. Eeckhout
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Sustainability and Resourcefulness : Support Networks During Periods of Stress
(2004)
M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Bride wealth and household security in rural Zimbabwe
(2002)
M. Dekker; H. Hoogeveen
Type of Publication: Journal Article

NGO's and environmental dilemmas in Zimbabwe
(1999)
A.J. Dietz; M. Dekker
Editors: H. van den Breemer; L.B. Venema
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

NGO's and environmental dilemmas in Zimbabwe
(1997)
A.J. Dietz; M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Conference Paper
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Zuid-Afrika reisgids
Haarlem: Dominicus, 2009
M. Dekker

Estimating wealth effects without expenditure data : an asset based wealth index for rural Ethiopia
Addis Abeba: Ethiopian Economics Association, Proceedings 3rd International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy 2006
M. Dekker

Risk, resettlement and relations : social security in rural Zimbabwe
Amsterdam: Thela Thesis, Tinbergen Institute research series ; no. 331 2004
M. Dekker
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'From macro to micro: how smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are coping with dollarization'
In: W.E.A. van Beek; J.C.M. Damen; D.W.J. Foeken: 'The face of Africa: essays in honour of Ton Dietz', Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), 2017.

'Resettlement in Zimbabwe: final destination from the zones of transition'
In: A. Akinyoade; J.B. Gewald: 'African roads to prosperity: people en route to socio-cultural and economic transformation', Leiden: Brill, 2015.

''It is time to start my own farm': the unforeseen effects of two waves of resettlement on household formation in Zimbabwe'
In: J.B. Gewald; A.H.M. Leliveld; I. Peša: 'Transforming innovations in Africa: explorative studies on appropriation in African societies', Leiden: Brill, 2012.

'Introduction: economic ethnographies of the marketization of health and healing in Africa'
In: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk: 'Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2010.

'Individual or shared responsibility: who finances treatment of illnesses in households in rural Ethiopia?'
In: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk: 'Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2010.

'Can't buy me health: financial constraints and health seeking behaviour among rural household members in Central Togo'
In: M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk: 'Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2010.

'Intra-household differences in coping with illness in rural Ethiopia'
In: M.M.E.M. Rutten; A.H.M. Leliveld; D.W.J. Foeken: 'Inside Poverty and Development in Africa', Leiden: Brill, 2008.

'NGO's and environmental dilemmas in Zimbabwe'
In: H. van den Breemer; L.B. Venema: 'Towards negotiated comanagement of natural resources in Africa', Münster: LIT Verlag, 1999.
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Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa
M. Dekker; R.A. van Dijk (editors)
Leiden: Brill, African dynamics 9, 2010.
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'Coping with shocks in rural Ethiopia'
in: Journal of development studies, vol. 50, no. 7, pp. 1009 - 1024, 2014.

'Bridging the gender divide: an experimental analysis of group formation in African villages'
in: World development, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 2063-2077, 2012.

'Who shares risk with whom under different enforcement mechanisms?'
in: Economic development and cultural change, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 677-706, 2012.

'Contextualizing Zimbabwe's land reform: long term observations from the first generation'
in: The journal of peasant studies, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 995 - 1019, 2011.

'Estimating wealth effects without expenditure data : an asset based wealth index for rural Ethiopia'
in: Ethiopian Journal of Economics, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 35 - 54, 2006.

'Micro-macro verbanden in Tanzania : waar zit de kink in de kabel?'
in: Kwartaalschrift Economie, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 244 - 267, 2005.

'Sustainability and Resourcefulness : Support Networks During Periods of Stress'
in: World development, vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 1735 - 1751, 2004.

'Bride wealth and household security in rural Zimbabwe'
in: Journal of African economies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 114 - 145, 2002.
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