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Judith Tyson

Research Fellow

International Economic Development Group

Portrait of Judith Tyson

Judith is a specialist in private investment and financial development in developing countries at the Overseas Development Institute, the leading global affairs think-tank. Recent work includes examining banking and capital market development, domestic resource mobilization, infrastructure financing, cross-border capital flows and blended private-public co-investment.

She has acted as expert advisors to ICAI, the UK parliamentary 'watchdog', the World Economic Forum (WEF- Digital inclusion), CDC Group, various FCDO expert panels and is co-investigator for a $2 million ERSC-DFID grant for research into financial development working with the Africa Economic Research Consortium and SOAS. Clients have included the UNCTAD, UN Economic Commission for Africa, DFID, UN-WIDER, the European Commission and a number of national governments, central banks and development agencies in Africa and Asia.

She has worked in-country across sub-Saharan Africa including in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia. Her work has attracted media coverage including in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC (World News, Business Report, Victoria Derbyshire, Today Program, Focus on Africa), CNBC and CNN.

She holds a doctorate from the School of Africa and Oriental Studies at the University of London, has authored numerous books and papers and has more than two decades' experience as an investment banker at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank in New York, Tokyo and London.

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

  2. Impact of pan-African banks on financial development in sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports

  3. Game-changing finance: three ways to ‘build back better’ in sub-Saharan Africa

  4. Can Central Banks Digital Currencies deliver for people in poverty?

  5. Sub-Saharan Africa’s interbank markets: progress, barriers and policy implications

    Research reports

  6. Game-changing finance: solutions to meet the Covid crisis


  7. Africa Industrialisation Day: how to support African manufacturing during the Covid-19 recovery

  8. Theory of change

    Working papers

  9. The UK’s support to the African Development Bank Group


  10. Covid-19 and financial access: supporting low-income businesses and households in Africa

  11. Inclusive economic growth in Kenya: the spatial dynamics of poverty

    Research reports

  12. The future of finance and banking systems in Africa beyond Covid-19


  13. The impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s banking system

  14. MEDIA NOTE: Civil unrest in Zimbabwe reflects failure of economic reforms - ODI statement and expert available for interview

    Press Release

  15. International financial centres and development finance

    Research reports

  16. Theory of change: championing sustainable and innovative finance for development

    Working papers

  17. Capital flows and financial sector development in low-income countries

    Research reports

  18. Asia in 2025: development prospects and challenges for middle-income countries

    Research reports

  19. Financing special economic zones: different models of financing and public policy support

    Working papers

  20. Private infrastructure finance in developing countries: five challenges, five solutions

    Working papers

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