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Capability Association

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DATE CHANGE – Webinar: Horizontal Inequalities (basic definition and causes)

 7 May, 10:30-12:00 (GMT)
Speaker: Professor Frances Stewart, Dr. Zina Nimeh

On behalf of the Horizontal Inequality thematic group coordinators of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, I would like to invite you to the webinar on Horizontal Inequalities (basic definition and causes) by Professor Frances Stewart and Dr. Zina Nimeh on 7 May at 10:30-12:00 (GMT). Professor Stewart has served as the HDCA president between 2008 and 2010 and started the Horizontal Inequality theme group together with Zina Nimeh at the HDCA conference in Amman. Below is a more detailed biography of the work of both speakers. If you are willing to attend the webinar, please contact Sepideh Yousefzadeh at

Sepideh Yousefzadeh, Amanda Lenhardt Horizontal Inequality theme group coordinators


Frances Stewart is professor emeritus of development economics. She was Director of the Oxford Department of International Development from 1993-2003 and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) at the department between 2003 and 2010. Among many publications, she is co-author of UNICEF's influential study, Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987); War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001); and editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008). She has directed a number of major research programs including several financed by the UK Government's Department for International Development, and others by the Swedish Development Agency and the Carnegie Corporation. An Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, Frances has acted as consultant for early Human Development Reports; is President of the Human Development and Capability Association; and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. She was previously Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute. She was awarded the UNDP's 2009 Mahbub ul Haq awared for her lifetime's achievements in promoting human development and named one of fifty outstanding technological leaders for 2003 by Scientific American (Policy Leader in Economic Development Strategies for promoting anti-poverty campaigns to help quell armed conflicts in developing countries). source:, and HDCA website

Dr. Zina Nimeh studied Finance at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Labor and Human Resources at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She obtained her PhD at Maastricht University through a Marie Curie Research grant. Her thesis, entitled ‘Social Citizenship Rights – Inequality and Exclusion (2012), dealt with the processes of social exclusion of national minorities and refugees, and was shortlisted for the Dutch Political Science Association NKWP for best thesis in the Netherlands in 2012. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Social Protection and Human Development, and is the coordinator of the Social Protection Masters Specialization. She is also the co-coordinator of the Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development research theme. Her work focuses on social protection and social security policy and financing, social exclusion, poverty and inequality measurement, governance reform and public policy analysis with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa

Outside academia she has had managerial and consulting experience in the areas of human development, social policies and public sector reform with focus on Employment and Education. She has applied experience in policy development and implementation and continues to work as a consultant for the ILO and UNICEF.

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