Marleen Dekker

Marleen Dekker is Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University and Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden. She is trained as a human geographer and holds a PhD in Development Economics. Marleen Dekker's research is interdisciplinary in nature and analyses the role of social norms and networks in accessing markets and local socio-economic development. The focus of her work is on behavioural determinants of access to and use of formal and informal financial services, including informal insurance networks, community-based health insurance and intra-household resource sharing.

Marleen has organised several international events, including conferences on inclusive development, 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, Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria on social networks, insurance, CSO advocacy, marriage and intra-household collaboration. Since 2014, Marleen is also coordinating the Secretariat of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies in Africa. The platform supports research, shares relevant knowledge with policy makers and practitioners and organises international policy dialogues on inclusive development themes both in The Netherlands and in African countries.

From 2019 to 2021, Marleen was the academic coordinator of the LDE minor African Dynamics.

Keywords: inclusive development, markets, risk, social networks, marriage, financial inclusion, land reform.

2021: Director African Studies Centre Leiden
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)

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Introduction to the special issue: policies for inclusive development in Africa
(2022)
M. Dekker; N. Pouw
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Inequalities in higher education in low‐ and middle‐income countries: a scoping review of the literature
(2021)
S. Reinders; M. Dekker; J.-B. Falisse
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Economic consequences of ill-health in rural Ethiopia
(2021)
Z. Yilma; A.D. Mebratie; R. Sparrow; M. Dekker; G. Alemu; A.S. Bedi
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Social norms and financial funded by decision-making in Zambia: technical brief
(2021)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; A. Hochleitner; T.L. Zuze
Type of Publication: Other

Inequalities in higher education in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review of the literature
(2020)
S. Reinders; M. Dekker; J.-B. Falisse
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Entrepreneurship in microfranchising: an emerging market perspective
(2020)
H.E. Awuh; M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Boosting productive employment in Africa: policy publication
(2019)
S. Hollander; M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Other

Youth are the present, not only the future!
(2019)
A. Kazimierczuk; M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Other

Leaving no one behind? Social inclusion of health insurance in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review
(2019)
S.G.M.van Hees; T. O’Fallon; M. Hofker; M. Dekker; S. Polack; L.M. Banks; E.J.A.M. Spaan
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Interim findings: civil society engagement with land rights advocacy in Kenya
(2019)
M. Spierenburg; M. Matelski; S. Zijlstra; L. van Kempen; M. Dekker; A. Nangulu; B. Otundo
Type of Publication: Other

Seven principles for inclusive development policy-making
(2019)
M. Dekker; S. Hollander; F. van Kesteren
Type of Publication: Other

Cooperation in polygynous households
(2019)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; W. Janssens; B. Kebede; B. Kramer
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Inclusive development in Africa
(2019)
S. Reinders; M. Dekker; F. van Kesteren; L.W. Oudenhuijsen
Type of Publication: Other

Strategic actors for inclusive development in Africa
(2018)
S. Hollander; M. Dekker; O. Miroro; F. van Kesteren; J. Bossuyt
Type of Publication: Other

Inclusive development : not business as usual!
(2018)
M. Dekker
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Boosting productive employment in Africa : what works and why?
(2018)
M. Dekker; W. Simbanegavi; S. Hollander; O. Miroro
Type of Publication: Other

Civil society engagement with land rights advocacy in Kenya: what roles to play? Literature review
(2018)
M. Matelski; B. Otundo; S. Zijlstra; M. Dekker; L. van Kempen; A. Nangulu; M. Spierenburg
Type of Publication: Other

The business case for social protection in Africa
(2018)
F. van Kesteren; M. Dekker; O. Miroro; F. Gassmann; E. Timár
Type of Publication: Other

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

Cooperation in polygynous households
(2017)
A. Barr; M. Dekker; W. Janssens; B. Kebede; B. Kramer
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

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

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

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
(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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Miscellaneous

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

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

Risk sharing relations and enforcement mechanisms
(2008)
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

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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Handbook training in community-based sociotherapy : experiences in Rwanda, East Congo and Liberia
Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), ASC occasional publications 32, 2018
M. Dekker
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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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'Introduction to the special issue: policies for inclusive development in Africa'
in: The European journal of development research, vol. ahead of print, 2022.

'Economic consequences of ill-health in rural Ethiopia'
in: Health systems & reform, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. (9), 2021.
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'Entrepreneurship in microfranchising: an emerging market perspective'
in: Journal of entrepreneurship in emerging economies, 2020.

'Cooperation in polygynous households'
in: American economic journal: applied economics, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 266-283, 2019.
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'Inclusive development : not business as usual!'
in: Vice Versa, pp. 50 - 51, 2018.

'Coping with shocks in rural Ethiopia'
in: Journal of development studies, vol. 50, no. 7, pp. 1009 - 1024, 2014.

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

'Bridging the gender divide: an experimental analysis of group formation in African villages'
in: World development, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 2063-2077, 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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Leiden: INCLUDE: Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, 2019.
Leiden: INCLUDE: Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, 2019.
Leiden: INCLUDE: Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, Synthesis report series 2019.
Leiden: INCLUDE: Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, 2019.
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