Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change.
A lawyer with extensive expertise in human rights and the legal aspects of development. Currently with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) where I manage a series of research projects in around 15 countries in Africa and Latin America that focus on public law and accountability in the developing world. Before joining IDRC, I worked for the Department of Justice Canada’s Human Rights Law Section, where he provided legal advice on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s international human rights obligations. I have represented Canada in litigation before UN human rights tribunals and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Also worked in the World Bank’s legal department and helped launch the Nordic Trust Fund, a multi-year initiative on human rights and the World Bank. I hold an LLM in international law from New York University and an LLB from the University of Toronto. Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an honorary member of the Uganda Law Society.
I'm a Senior Program Officer at the IDRC on the Employment and Growth team. My work focuses on issues around women's economic empowerment, working conditions, social norms, and the future of work.
I am the Program Management Officer of the Governance and Justice team at the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Canada.
Markus Gottsbacher has worked for more than 12 years with the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, where he is currently Senior Progam Specialist of the Governance and Justice Program. He is in charge of projects on citizen security, security governance, youth security, urban violence, access to justice, organized crime, young delinquents and police, among others. He also has more than 10 years of work experience in various agencies of the United Nations Organization (UNODC, ONUMUJER, UNDP, UNESCO, ILO), especially in Latin American countries, such as Mexico, Honduras and Panama. He has been professor of the postgraduate course in Political Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and researcher / professor of the Dr. José María Luis Mora Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna.
Since 2014, I have been engaged in the multidisciplinary research led by Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT) providing the financial perspectives to issues in land, housing and livelihoods focusing in two slums: Mukuru in Nairobi and Kiandutu in Thika. I am a tutorial fellow and PhD student at Strathmore University, a leading private university in Nairobi Kenya. I have been tutoring, researching and consulting for over 12 years now and hold an MSc in Mathematical Finance from University of Manchester and a BSC in Actuarial Science.
Economist and Environmentalist by background, I'm currently a Senior Program Specialist with the Canada International Development Research Center (IDRC) oversighting research on Governance, Security and Justice in Africa. Looking forward to knowledge sharing on land related issues particularly on community governance and land rights.
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