What we do



Follow ODI

Clare Cummings

Research Associate

Politics and Governance

Portrait of Clare Cummings

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. Evaluation of the NIMD programme, 2011 - 2014: inception study

    Research reports

  2. Block the borders, fuel the crisis

  3. How do we improve public services? It’s not just about money

  4. Lagos' transformation and the politics of megacities

  5. Forging the services of the future: what can the UK public sector and international development learn from each other?


  6. Do digital information and communications technologies increase the voice and influence of women and girls?

    Research reports

  7. Doing development differently: can it be managed?


  8. Improving the odds for progress in Nigeria

    Research reports

  9. Case study: State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability

    Research reports

  10. Women's participation in post-conflict transition politics and governance

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Urban service delivery: the technical is political


  12. Services in the city: governance and political economy in urban service delivery

    Research reports

  13. Nigeria: what to do when wealth doesn't mean development?

  14. Building momentum: women's empowerment in Tunisia

    Research reports

  15. Aiding reform: lessons on what works, what doesn't, and why