Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor

anne_marie_goetz-1160ANNE MARIE GOETZ, PH.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Goetz joined CGA in January 2014. She served at the United Nations between 2005 – 2014 as a Policy Director of Governance, Peace and Security, first at UNIFEM and after 2011 at the UN’s newest agency: UN Women. Prior to joining UNIFEM she was a Professorial Fellow in Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she worked since 1991.   She also served the United Nations Development Programme in Chad and Guinea in the mid-1980s.  While at the UN over the past decade Dr. Goetz spearheaded initiatives to promote women’s empowerment in the UN’s peace and security work.  She worked to improve the UN’s capacity and commitment to detect and prevent sexual violence in conflict, and to support women’s organizations’ efforts to participate in peace talks and post-conflict decision-making.  She also supported programs to build women’s security and livelihoods in post-conflict settings, and to ensure their participation in post-conflict elections.

Dr. Goetz is a political scientist who specializes in research on development policies in fragile states to promote the interests of marginalized social groups, particularly poor women.  She has studied development, democratization and good governance in South Asia and East Africa.  This has included research on pro-poor and gender-sensitive approaches to public sector reforms, anti-corruption initiatives, and decentralization, as well as research on political liberalization and state building in fragile states and post-conflict situations.

Professor Goetz is the author of seven books on the subjects of gender, politics and policy in developing countries, and on accountability reforms.  Examples include Reinventing Accountability: Making Democracy Work for Human Development (2004, Palgrave), co-authored with Rob Jenkins, and Governing Women: Women in Politics and Governance in Developing Countries (2009, Routlegde). Professor Goetz has engaged in advisory work for developing country governments, for multilateral economic institutions and bilateral donors, and for NGOs.


2009, (edited volume), Governing Women: Women in Politics and Governance in Developing Countries, Routlegde, London.

2008 (lead author),  Who Answers to Women?  Gender and Accountability, UNIFEM series: Progress of the World’s Women, New York.

2004, with Rob Jenkins, Reinventing Accountability: Making Democracy Work for Human Development, London: Palgrave.

2003, (co-edited with Shireen Hassim), No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy-Making, London: Zed Press.

2001, Women Development Workers:  Implementing Rural Credit Programs in Bangladesh, New Delhi: Sage Press and Dhaka: Dhaka University Press Limited.

2000 (with Robert O’Brien, Jan Aart Scholte, and Marc Williams), Contesting Global Governance: Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1997 (ed.) Getting Institutions Right for Women in Development, London: Zed Press.


Recent publications:

Anne Marie Goetz & Rob Jenkins (2016) ‘Gender, security, and governance: the case of Sustainable Development Goal 16’, Gender & Development, 24:1, 127-137, DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2016.1144412

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Anne Marie Goetz & Rob Jenkins (2015) ‘Agency and Accountability: Promoting Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding’ Feminist Economics, Vol 22, Issue 1: 211-236

2010, with Robert Jenkins,  ‘Addressing Sexual Violence in Internationally Mediated Peace Negotiations, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 2, pp. 261 – 277

2006, ‘Political Cleaners:  Are Women the New Agents of Anti-Corruption?’   Development and Change, Vol. 38, pp.  87–105. (Reprinted  in Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (eds),  2008,  Gender Myths and Feminist Fables, Blackwell.)

Anne Marie Goetz is also a commissioning editor and contributor to the online journal Open Democracy.  Recent articles can be seen here:


Other opinion pieces:

‘The New Cold War on Women’s Rights?’  UNRISD, June 22 2015

‘The View from a Muddy Field in CHina: Women’s Rights, In 1995 and Now’,  NPR Goats and Soda, March 12 2015

‘Sexual Violence as a war Tactic:  Security Council resolution 1888 – Next Steps’  UN Chronicle, Vol. XLVII No. 1, 2010