Callistus Agbaam

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
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Research Project

Determinants of Public Support for Social Protection Reforms in Developing Countries.

In the last two decades, social protection reforms have become a globalized phenomenon and have increasingly been acknowledged by policy makers and donor agencies such as the World Bank and the International Labour Organization as a key mechanism for reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. As such, many national governments in low and middle income countries especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America have embraced the logic behind these reforms and are currently expanding the coverage of their public social protection systems.

However, despite the recent prevalence of social protection reforms in the developing world, not much has yet been done to explain key issues affecting the reform processes themselves. A large chunk of the existing scholarly evidence is largely centered on the design and impact of social protection initiatives. Therefore drawing on an empirical survey to be conducted in the course of this project, this study will analyze and explain the factors that determine public support for social protection reforms in a development context. Furthermore, the study will also analyze how and in what ways public support could contribute to the political sustainability of reforms in developing countries.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katja Bender

Research Interests

  • Social Protection in Developing countries
  • Poverty and Health Equity
  • Political Economy
  • Public Policy
  • Inclusive Development
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development


2010: - 2013:   Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
MA Development Studies (Cum Laude)
2010 - 2011:   Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
MA Development Management
2004 - 2008:   University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
BA (Honors) Sociology with Philosophy


2014:   German Academic Exchange Division (DAAD-GSSP) Merit Scholarship for PhD in International Development Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
2011:   Overall Best Graduating Student, Bochum Programme of Development Management (MA), Cape Town Group (Ruhr Universitat- Bochum, Germany).
2010:   Dean’s Merit Award for outstanding Academic performance (First semester 2010 & Second semester 2010), Faculty of Arts, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
2009:   German Academic Exchange Division (DAAD) Merit Scholarship for Masters in Development Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.


Callistus Agbaam & Mulugeta Dinbabo (2014): Social Grants and Poverty reduction at the household level: Empirical Evidence from Ghana. Journal of Social Sciences 39(3): 293-302.

Major Working Experiences

04/2014 – 11/2014:   Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator World Vision Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
03/2014 - 06/2014:   Project Consultant, ILO Maternity Protection Project, International Labour Organization, Accra, Ghana.
03/2012 - 02/2014:   Regional Project Officer, BirdLife International: Africa Division (Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Botswana and Zimbabwe), Accra, Ghana.
10/2010 - 12/2010:   Research and Program Associate, Inwent (GIZ), Bonn, Germany
10/2009 - 01/2010:   Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant, EDC- USAID, Education Quality for All (EQUALL) Project, Accra, Ghana.


International Conference on Social Protection Reforms in Developing Countries, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in cooperation with GIZ/BMZ, 20 – 21 October 2011.