David Booth’s interests span research into the politics and political-economy of development and the promotion of innovative approaches to development programming. His work addresses the need for development practice to become better aligned with major research findings and the evidence of history.
In research, David spent seven years at the head of two large collaborative programmes on ‘Africa Power and Politics’ and ‘Developmental Regimes in Africa’ (http://www.institutions-africa.org/). He co-authored Governance for Development in Africa (with Diana Cammack, Zed Books 2013) and contributed to Business, Politics, and the State in Africa (by Tim Kelsall, Zed Books 2013).
David’s advisory and training work with practitioners has included co-authoring influential evidence papers and blogs on politically smart, locally led, adaptive programming approaches, with among others, Sue Unsworth (2014), Jaime Faustino (2014), Leni Wild (2015) and Fred Golooba-Mutebi (2015).
Before joining ODI in 1998, David was Professor of Development Studies at the University of Wales Swansea.
- 17 March 2020, AllAfrica.com5 December 2017, African Development Bank (AfDB)
- 20 April 2016, Devex5 June 2014, Devex
- 30 October 2013, Oxfam2 October 2013
- 26 June 2013, China Radio International Engllish (english.cri.cn)17 June 2013, Oxfam
- 6 September 2011, The Guardian4 May 2011, The Guardian
Latest tweets from @DavidBoothODI
- 02 AugDFID could also have pushed back a bit more against the assumption that econ transformation (properly defined) is mainly a long run matter.
- 02 AugPol econ diagnostics I have seen are a vast improvement; next challenge will be to turn this into remedies -- smart programming ideas!
- 02 AugICAI was clear econ dev spend increased before new diagnostics kicked in, but unfair on the quality of the new pol econ content in my view.