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Anna McCord

Research Associate

Equity and Social Policy

Portrait of Anna McCord

Anna McCord works on social protection policy and programme design, impact appraisal and evaluation, and specialises in public works programmes and political economy analysis. She is a sociologist with a PhD in economics, and 30 years experience in international development. Anna has experience throughout north and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Asia and MENA, having worked closely with a range of major donors, UN agencies, governments and non governmental agencies. Anna is currently leading research and advisory work on the role of PWP as a response to the socio-economic crisis induced by C-19, and its links to climate change, working with DFAT, the ILO, WFP and the World Bank.

Anna McCord is a sociologist (Cambridge University) with a PhD in economics (University of Cape Town), and 30 years experience in international development in the INGO sector, consultancy and academe, including programme design, implementation and evaluation as well as policy development and advocacy. She uses a cross disciplinary approach incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods drawn from both anthropology and economics. Anna currently works as a research economist specialising in social protection policy and programme design, impact appraisal and evaluation with a particular interest in i) public employment programmes, ii) rethinking evaluation methodology and ii) the political economy of social policy interventions at international and national levels.

She has experience throughout north and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central, southern and south eastern Asia, working for the major bi and multilateral donors active in social protection as well as UN agencies (FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNICEF and WFP), governments and non governmental agencies. She has published widely in a variety of media and taught extensively on social protection, public works, labour markets, political economy, and shock responsive social protection, having carried out the initial conceptual work on SRSP. Anna is currently leading research and advisory work on the role of PWP as a response to the socio-economic crisis induced by C-19, and its links to climate change, working with DFAT, GIZ, the ILO, WFP and the World Bank.

  1. The feasibility of financing sectoral development targets

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. The affordability of social protection in the light of international spending commitments

    Working papers

  3. Social Protection: The Tennessus Principles

    Press Release

  4. Financing social protection in light of international spending targets: A public sector review

    Research reports

  5. Social Protection in Africa: A way forward - A joint statement by ODI, IDS, UEA and RHVP

    Other

  6. Ten Years of War Against Poverty

    Event

  7. Differing government and donor perspectives on cash transfer based social protection in sub-Saharan Africa: the implications for EU social protection programming

    Working papers

  8. Cash transfers: affordability and sustainability

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Cash transfers and political economy in sub-Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Overview of Public Works Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports

  11. Social Protection, Rural Development and Food Security: Issues paper on the role of social protection in rural protection

    Research reports

  12. The global financial crisis: Poverty and social protection

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Social protection responses to the three waves of crisis: Finance, Food and Fuel, South - South Learning Forum 2009

    Event

  14. The global financial crisis and developing countries: Synthesis of the findings of 10 country case studies

    Working papers

  15. Social protection: A global imperative

  16. Global Financial Crisis Preliminary Synthesis of Ten Draft Country Reports

    Research reports

  17. A Development Charter for the G-20

    Working papers

  18. Social protection in Africa

    Event

  19. A typology for Public Works Programming

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Digging holes and filling them in again? How far do public works enhance livelihoods?

    Briefing/policy papers