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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. 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. Financing for Natural Capital in Africa

  2. Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Transformation


  3. A theory of change for joined-up policymaking in low- and middle-income countries

    Working papers

  4. Rising interest rates are threatening debt sustainability in Africa

  5. Capital markets for cities

    Working papers

  6. Investing in cities: how can the Commonwealth act to leverage private finance?

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. What if the Commonwealth was really about common wealth?

  8. How do we channel the ESG investment boom towards low-income countries?

  9. Financial-sector development and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

    Working papers

  10. Differences in finance’s role in economic development in sub- Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Green bonds in sub-Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Policy Priorities for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Financial Development

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Capital Market Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Impact assessment for market-building interventions in capital markets: Review, critiques and improvements

    Working papers

  15. Capital market development in sub- Saharan Africa: Progress, challenges and innovations

    Working papers

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

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

    Research reports

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