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Dirk Willem te Velde

Director of Programme, Principle Research Fellow

  • Leadership Team
  • International Economic Development Group
Portrait of Dirk Willem te Velde

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group. He is the director of Supporting Economic Transformation and a Research Leader for the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.

Dirk Willem has published widely on trade, investment and economic transformation. He has advised country governments and parliaments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and donor agencies such as DFID, European Commission, UN and the World Bank. He was also Team Leader for the European Report on Development (ERD) on Combining Finance and Policies to Implement a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda.

Dirk Willem leads work on Aid for Trade, which led to a book, launched at the 4th Global Aid for Trade Review in July 2013. He has further written extensively on G20 and development (e.g. leading ODI’s G20 Development Charter before the start of the G20 DWG), bringing developing country interests and research to the attention of the G20.

Dirk Willem co-ordinated an influential study on the effects of the global financial crisis in 11 developing countries. The framework paper was downloaded 100,000 times and the research featured in the Economist, Guardian and other media. In his 13 years at ODI, he has advised donor agencies (e.g. DFID, Sida, and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), developing country governments (e.g. Malawi, Cambodia) and multilateral bodies (e.g. World Bank, European Commission, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNIDO, ILO, AsDB, WTO LDC group). He has written and edited several books, 30 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters related mainly to investment, trade and growth issues. He holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London.

  1. The UK’s Trade and Development agenda can help tackle global inflation and the cost of living crisis

  2. Future directions in Aid for Trade

  3. Africa’s economic integration and prospects for UK investors

  4. The economic case for UK investment in the Covid-19 pandemic response in 2022

    Research reports

  5. After the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, what next?

  6. Tanzania and the African Continental Free Trade Area: possible impacts, policy priorities and scoping of future support

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Shaping the macro-economy of low- and middle-income countries in response to Covid-19


  8. Understanding the role of development finance institutions in promoting development: an assessment of three African countries

    Research reports

  9. Africa’s economic integration offers prospects for UK investors

  10. Promoting Kenyan exports: a country- and product-specific analysis

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Overview of Kenya–China bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Overview of UK–Kenya bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Overview of trade between Kenya and members of the East African Community (EAC)

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Overview of trade between Kenya and the European Union

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Overview of trade between Kenya and the rest of Africa (ROA)

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Overview of Kenya–US bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Overview of Kenya–India bilateral trade

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Advancing Africa’s industrialisation through regional integration

  19. Importing for development: reforming the UK’s trade preferences

  20. Four views on how development finance institutions must invest better

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