The ODI Fellowship Scheme posted 59 new Fellows to 25 governments and regional organisations in 2015-2016, with a focus on low-income countries and middle-income countries with high poverty rates. The year saw our first Fellows take up positions in Guinea-Bissau, Somaliland and Thailand, in addition to seven new Statistics Fellows, and two Financial Inclusion Fellows in Nigeria and India. Our relationship with the network of former Fellows has proven critical to establishing the Fellowship Scheme in new countries.
Seven new ODI Fellows take up their posts
Two new Financial Inclusion Fellows posted
59 new Fellows posted to 25 countries, including four new countries
Fellows continued to provide valuable assistance to Liberia and Sierra Leone, which were badly hit by the Ebola epidemic. They played important roles in ensuring local ministries of health coordinated local and international assistance to fight Ebola, as well as providing critical data to maximise the effectiveness of measures taken. Both countries have been declared Ebola-free and the Fellowship Scheme has returned in strength to help their recovery. We had to withdraw four Fellows from Burundi in April as a result of political instability and reassigned a further four Fellows from Madagascar.
The Scheme signed a new five-year agreement with DFID that makes provision for statisticians as well as economists, after a review of our previous successful three-year agreement. The Fellowship Scheme continues to develop new relationships with key partners, with posts at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York, the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme (HITAP) in Bangkok, the Economic Policy Analysis Unit in Addis Ababa, and the Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL) at the Reserve Bank of India. The post at HITAP will allow the Fellowship Scheme to contribute to work on health in low-income countries in Asia while the post at CAFRAL allows the Fellowship Scheme to make a contribution towork on financial inclusion which the Indian Government has made a priority. The relationship with CHE resulted in a health economics training session for health Fellows to bring them up to speed with current issues in health economics, as wellas technical support during their Fellowships.
Robin Sherbourne, Head of the ODI Fellowship Scheme