Helen Tilley

Helen Tilley

Senior Research Fellow

Helen specialises in researching and increasing the capacity of organisations to absorb evidence into policy; the political economy of knowledge and research uptake. She is also interested in the interface between service delivery, aid effectiveness and public financial management; and accountability, power and networks.

During Helen’s 20 years of experience working on applied economics and international development, she has worked with governments in Africa and Asia and donors including DFID, the World Bank, the European Commission and UN agencies. She has lived and worked in Africa, led teams of researchers and managed large aid portfolios. Helen holds a PhD in Economics and has published a book on the political economy of aid and accountability that draws upon her experience of living and working in Tanzania.

Selected publications:

Demand and supply of technical assistance and lessons for the health sector: Country perspective note - Tanzania

This note was prepared by Helen on behalf of IHP+

Assessing the Process and Performance of the International Water Stewardship Programme: Concept paper

Evaluation of Norway’s support for advocacy in the development policy arena

Is Good Advocacy a Science or an Art (or just luck), and how can we sharpen it?


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