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 my 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 I worked on national and international-level poverty alleviation & Islamic finance projects.
In 2021, Namira established The Justice Institute (JUSTIN) (thejustin.org) — a platform created to produce and disseminate research on matters related to justice as well as development policy.