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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. What next for political settlements theory and African development?

    Working papers

  2. Achieving governance reforms under pressure to demonstrate results: dilemma or new beginning?

    Book/book chapter

  3. Reforming the roads sector in Uganda: a six-year retrospective

    Working papers

  4. Still watering white elephants? The blueprint versus process debate 30 years on

    Book/book chapter

  5. Doing development differently: breaking the glass ceiling

  6. Reinvigorating economic transformation in Nigeria

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Doing development differently: Philippines workshop


  8. Five steps for reorienting governance work in development

  9. Doing development differently: can it be managed?


  10. Improving the odds for progress in Nigeria

    Research reports

  11. Thinking and working politically reading pack


  12. Five myths about governance and development

  13. Developmental regimes in Africa: Synthesis report

    Research reports

  14. Development entrepreneurship: how donors and leaders can foster institutional change

    Research reports

  15. How nations succeed: working with the grain


  16. Against ‘agency’, an academic affectation that does not help development practice

  17. Towards a developmental state concept that is fit for purpose (in the 21st century) in Africa

    Working papers

  18. Towards politically smart, locally led development in Africa

  19. Doing development differently: Harvard workshop


  20. The SAVI programme in Nigeria: towards politically smart, locally led development

    Research reports