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David Booth

Senior Research Associate

Politics and Governance

Portrait of David Booth

David Booth’s interests span research into the politics and political-economy of development and the promotion of innovative approaches to development programming. His work addresses the need for development practice to become better aligned with major research findings and the evidence of history.

In research, David spent seven years at the head of two large collaborative programmes on ‘Africa Power and Politics’ and ‘Developmental Regimes in Africa’ (http://www.institutions-africa.org/). He co-authored Governance for Development in Africa (with Diana Cammack, Zed Books 2013) and contributed to Business, Politics, and the State in Africa (by Tim Kelsall, Zed Books 2013).

David’s advisory and training work with practitioners has included co-authoring influential evidence papers and blogs on politically smart, locally led, adaptive programming approaches, with among others, Sue Unsworth (2014), Jaime Faustino (2014), Leni Wild (2015) and Fred Golooba-Mutebi (2015).

Before joining ODI in 1998, David was Professor of Development Studies at the University of Wales Swansea.

  1. How economic transformation happens at the sector level: evidence from Africa and Asia

    Research reports

  2. Striving to transform Tanzania’s cotton sector

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Tackling the governance of economic transformation

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Learning to make a difference: Christian Aid Ireland’s adaptive programme management in governance, gender, peace building and human rights

    Research reports

  5. Kick-starting economic transformation in Rwanda: four policy lessons and their implications

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Incubating policy for economic transformation: lessons from Nepal

    Research reports

  7. Coordinating public and private action for export manufacturing: issues for Rwanda

    Research reports

  8. Supporting economic transformation: an approach paper

    Working papers

  9. Putting theory into practice: how DFID is doing development differently

    Research reports

  10. Two landmark publications from the World Bank and DFID bring ‘good fit’ governance into the mainstream

  11. Doing development differently: who we are, what we're doing and what we're learning

    Other

  12. Making sanitation happen: turning ‘political will’ into action

    Research reports

  13. Doing development differently: two years on, what are we learning?

    Event

  14. Doing Development Differently: two years on, what have we done?

    Other

  15. Doing Development Differently at the World Bank: updating the plumbing to fit the architecture

    Research reports

  16. Supporting economic transformation in Nigeria

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Supporting economic development: learning from success

    Event

  18. Politically smart support to economic development

    Research reports

  19. Public and private sector collaboration for economic transformation

    Working papers

  20. From political economy analysis to doing development differently: a learning experience

    Research reports