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Clare Cummings

Research Associate

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Clare Cummings

Clare is a Research Officer working on the social and political forces shaping public service delivery, justice and security, and democratisation.

Clare is a Research Associate in the Politics and Governance team at ODI. Previously a Research Fellow, Clare specialises in political economy analysis of service delivery, public sector reform, and urbanisation. Her work includes analysis of water, sanitation, transport and health services in urban areas and largely focuses on sub-Saharan Africa. She co-leads the development of ODI’s urbanisation work and is involved in our on-going work into adaptive, locally-led and politically smart development programming.

Clare is fluent in French, Spanish, and English, and has experience of working in the Tanzania, Nigeria, India, Mexico and Burundi, among others. Clare holds a masters in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

  1. Twenty years of UK governance programmes in Nigeria: achievements, challenges, lessons and implications for future support

    Research reports

  2. The impact of UK governance programming in Nigeria: Education Reforms in Kaduna State

    Working papers

  3. Livelihoods programming and its influence on secondary migration


  4. Shifting attitudes on road safety: what I learned from Nairobi

  5. At the crossroads: the politics of road safety in Nairobi

    Research reports

  6. Road safety remains low political priority despite growing number of people killed – new study

    Press Release

  7. At the crossroads: making Nairobi safer and more efficient


  8. Can aid stop migration to Europe?

  9. Lack of access to work for refugees undermining efforts to prevent secondary migration – new report

    Press Release

  10. Journeys on hold: how policy influences the migration decisions of Eritreans in Ethiopia

    Working papers

  11. An Eritrean in Ethiopia: Teddy Love’s story

  12. What drives reform? Making sanitation a political priority in secondary cities

    Research reports

  13. Sanitation under stress: how can urban services respond to acute migration?

    Working papers

  14. Las ciudades en crecimiento necesitan Gobiernos que les cedan el control

  15. Our growing cities need national governments to hand over control

  16. Is community mobilisation a myth? Experiences from Niger

  17. Est-ce que la mobilisation communautaire est un mythe? Expériences du Niger

  18. Putting learning at the centre: adaptive development programming in practice

    Research reports

  19. Innovating for pro-poor services: why politics matter

    Research reports

  20. Collective action and the deployment of teachers in Niger: a political economy analysis

    Research reports