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Namira Samir is a PhD Candidate in Development Policy & Management at The University of Manchester. Her PhD research focuses on credit provision to low-income communities and its role on individual capabilities and how this relates to the market. Namira's PhD research is interdisciplinary by nature. It intersects with poverty, inequality, gender, informality, and political economy. 

Namira is passionate about researching and alleviating poverty and inequalities. Her opinions and commentaries have been featured in a number of national and international outlets.

As a development economist, Namira uses an interdisciplinary approach and mixed methods to understand poverty and inequalities. She has been working on poverty studies since 2017. Previously, she worked as a Researcher at the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Office of Vice President of Indonesia. During her term of office, Namira studied the impact of Pro-Poor Budgeting on Poverty Reduction in 5 provinces in Indonesia. The results were documented in a book titled “Grounding Local Initiatives for Poverty Reduction Efforts.” Namira also served as a Research Fellow at the Central Bank of Indonesia and concurrently as a Consultant for UNDP Indonesia, in which she worked on national and international-level poverty alleviation & Islamic finance projects.

Research Expertise: Poverty and Inequality, Policy Evaluation, Islamic Finance, Gender and Development, Ethics

Research Interests: Poverty and Inequality, Welfare, Political Economy of Development, Gender, Alternative Finance, Philosophy and Economics



Grounding Local Initiatives for Poverty Reduction Efforts (in Indonesian), The National Team for The Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, Vice President’s Office, Indonesia, 30 April 2019

Academic Journals

Money or Medium? Women, Informality, and The Role of Political Institutions, Economic & Political Weekly Vol. 56 Issue 17, 24 April 2021


Selected Opinion Articles

Is Metaverse a New Threat to Higher Education?, 21 Jan 2022, The Jakarta post

Data Innovation and the Informal Economy: A Capability Approach Narrative, January 2021, Mondopoli

Pandemic Showcases Indonesia's Systemic Gender Inequality, 16 Dec 2020, The Jakarta Post

Prisoners of Identity, Nov-Dec 2020 Edition of The World Financial Review

Growth that Celebrates Inequality, Sep-Oct 2020 Edition of The World Financial Review

The Disparity of Gig Economy and Rural-Urban Poverty, 15 Sep 2020, The Jakarta Post

Economic Heroes in time of Coronavirus, 27 Mar 2020, The Jakarta Post

Hidden Lesson About Poverty and Pride from Parasite, 20 Feb 2020, The Jakarta Post

Caveats in Multidimensional Poverty Index, 17 Dec 2019, The Jakarta Post

We Need  More Than Gender-Responsive Budgeting, 13 Jul 2019, The Jakarta Post

Minding the Poverty Gap in Indonesia with Geography,  25 Mar 2019, The Jakarta Post

Starting from the bottom: A tale of the Informal Economy and Inequality,16 Nov 2018, Asia Times

Promoting Inclusivity to Close the Gender Gap, 1 Nov, 2018, The Jakarta Post

Expansionary Fiscal Policy and Gender Inequality in Indonesia, 12 Oct, 2018, Asia Times

Women and Islamic Microfinance, 26 Mar, 2018, The Jakarta Post


International Financial Practices that will change the way you view money, 19 Dec 2019, Yahoo! Finance


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