1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Former Collaborating Researcher

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr was a collaborating researcher and external advisor for UNRISD, and wrote the Programme Paper "Recapturing the Narrative of International Development" (2012). She also was a discussant at an UNRISD event, Knowledge, Norms and Practices: The Role of Research in the UN System--An Informal Dialogue. The event was held in New York in February 2013. At the time of her collaboration with UNRISD, Fukuda-Parr was a Professor of International Affairs at the New School (New York, USA).
Prior to joining the New School, she was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. She is a member of the UN Secretary General to the Committee on Development Policy and The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health. She serves on the Board of the International Association of Feminist Economics, Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and Knowledge Ecology International. She was part of the World Bank’s Young Professionals Programme, where she played a large role on the world stage of globalization, poverty, and economics, with interests in technology, human rights, gender, capacity development, and aid architecture.In addition to her contributions to the Annual Human Development Reports, Fukuda-Parr has written and edited several works, including Rethinking Technical Cooperation: Reforms for Capacity Building in Africa (1993), Capacity for Development: New Solutions to Old Problems (Earthscan, 2002) and The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development (Earthscan, 2006).

She also has participated in several journal projects and written book chapters concerning capacity development and human rights. As an editor, she founded the Journal of Human Development (2000, annually), co-edited Readings in Human Development: Concepts, Measures and Policies for a Development Paradigm (2004), and has held a position on the Feminist Economics’ editorial board.