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

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

    Press Release

  3. International financial centres and development finance

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

    Working papers

  9. Conflict and violence: our approach and priorities


  10. Zimbabwe: international donors should restart targeted finance

  11. Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe – ODI statement and experts available

    Press Release

  12. The Zimbabwe political crisis and the economy - ODI expert available

    Press Release

  13. Private sector development in Liberia: financing economic transformation in a fragile context

    Working papers

  14. Too gloomy IMF has ignored good news in sub-Saharan Africa – quote and expert available

    Press Release

  15. Three priorities for post-Brexit UK policy on private investment in low-income countries

  16. The outlook for the Zimbabwean economy

    Working papers

  17. Zimbabwe: a roadmap for economic transformation

    Research reports

  18. Mobilising private financing for manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports

  19. Rwanda: financing for manufacturing

    Research reports

  20. Private equity falls short in spurring African development

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