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Arnaldo is a development economist with a specialisation in decentralisation and local governance reforms, the political economy of the demand and use of research-based evidence in policy making, and adaptive programming and management. Arnaldo has lived and worked for the last 15 years in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

I am a co-founder of Capability Oy, a Finnish consultancy that focuses on research and advice on the use of problem-driven and adaptive approaches to support democratic governance. I am also a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute in London where, over the past ten years, I have led and been involved in the design, monitoring, implementation, and action research in projects seeking to strengthen governance systems and democratic participation by bringing research, analysis, and citizens’ knowledge into policy processes. I hold a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tampere (Finland) and have 18 years of work experience on governance reforms in Southeast Asia as well as other regions. My current research interests are problem-driven development and the design and management of monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems that support programmes in the ways they address complex social and governance problems. I am also interested in the effect on knowledge systems, governance, and democratic participation of digital technologies. I have published extensively on education in international development, governance and decentralisation, the demand and use of evidence in policymaking with the Overseas Development Institute, in academic articles, book chapters, blog posts and opinion pieces. I am a co-editor of Knowledge, Politics and Policymaking in Indonesia (Springer 2018). I am an Associate Editor with the journal Evidence & Policy.

  1. Mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents in Viet Nam

    Research reports

  2. 'Let's learn together': co-creating mental health solutions with adolescents in Tanzania and Viet Nam

    Case/country studies

  3. Lessons from conducting research on mental well-being of adolescents in Viet Nam and Tanzania during Covid-19

    Case/country studies

  4. War crashes higher education systems – countries like Somalia need a system-wide reboot

  5. Research in Somalia: opportunities for cooperation

    Research reports

  6. Indonesia wants to become a knowledge economy - here’s how it can get there

  7. Building state capability for evidence-informed policy-making in Albania: In conversation with Abi Dodbiba

  8. Making research evidence count: insights from Finland’s Policy Analysis Unit

  9. Investing in knowledge: the establishment of the Indonesian Science Fund

    Working papers

  10. Commissioning knowledge for policy: reforms in the procurement of research in Indonesia

    Working papers

  11. Linking values and research evidence for policy advocacy: the journey of the Indonesian forum for budget transparency

    Working papers

  12. Is measuring policy influence like measuring thin air? The experience of SurveyMETER in producing three episode studies

    Working papers

  13. Using citizen evidence to improve public services: lessons from the UPIK program in Yogyakarta

    Working papers

  14. How Brexit looks from South Sudan, China, and elsewhere

  15. The elusive search for a knowledge to policy framework


  16. Searching for Indonesia’s Amartya Sen

  17. Establishing government think tanks: an overview of comparative models

    Working papers

  18. ROMA: Pedoman untuk Pelibatan dan Mempengaruhi Kebijakan


  19. Big data, big decisions: the Indonesian way

  20. Will elections in Indonesia mean power for the provinces?