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Linda Calabrese

Research Fellow

International Economic Development Group

Portrait of Linda Calabrese

Linda works on trade, investment and economic transformation. She has focussed on trade facilitation and export-led manufacturing in East Africa, on the role of trade policy in promoting industrialisation and on the economic transformation impact of foreign investment in Myanmar. In particular, she is interested in the role of China in developing countries.  

Prior to joining, Linda was working as a consultant for the Economic Policy and Strategy Practice at Maxwell Stamp PLC, where she managed the company’s projects on trade negotiations and access to finance in East and West Africa, as well as Central Asia.

Linda worked as country economist for the International Growth Centre, Rwanda. Based in Kigali, she worked on the programme’s portfolio in the areas of trade and regional integration, tax policy and administration, and urbanisation.

Linda started her career as an ODI Fellow for the Ministry of African Community Affairs, Uganda, where she supported the implementation of the regional integration agenda and she provided research inputs to the policy processes.

She has also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

  1. China and global development: eight things to read in March

  2. Promoting commercial forestry in Uganda: the experience of the Tree Biotechnology Programme

    Research reports

  3. Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  4. China and global development: six things to read and listen to in January 2021

  5. How China's new white paper defines a decade of development cooperation

  6. Economic Pulse 1: Covid-19 and economic crisis – China’s recovery and international response

    Research reports

  7. China and global development: ten things to read and watch in November

  8. Four lessons from Zambia’s emerging debt default

  9. China and global development: eight things to read in September

  10. Broadening the Belt and Road: China’s new fund for multilateral cooperation

  11. China and global development: 12 things to read and watch in July

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  14. Africa’s economic transformation: the role of Chinese investment

    Research reports

  15. Chinese firms and employment dynamics in Angola and Ethiopia

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. China and global development: 10 things to read in April

  17. China and global development: nine things to read in February

  18. Innovation and economic transformation in low-income countries: a new body of evidence

    Research reports

  19. Four expert views on the future of tax for development

  20. China and global development: twelve things to read in December

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