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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. Africa Industrialisation Day: four expert views

  2. China and global development: nine things to read in October

  3. Making the Belt and Road Initiative work for Africa

  4. Financing the future of the Belt and Road in Africa


  5. Accelerating economic transformation in Africa


  6. China and global development: seven things to read in August

  7. China and global development: eight things to read in June

  8. Comparative country study of the development of textile and garment sectors: lessons for Tanzania

    Research reports

  9. China and global development: what to read ahead of the Belt and Road Forum

  10. China and international development: eight things to read in February

  11. China and development: six things to read in December

  12. Five new ways to promote African industrialisation

  13. China and international development: six things to read in October

  14. FOCAC 2018: top takeaways from the China-Africa summit

  15. Chinese investment and small-scale commodity producers in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. FOCAC 2018: what to expect from next week's China-Africa summit

  17. Kick-starting economic transformation in Rwanda: four policy lessons and their implications

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. China’s new development agency: five expert views

  19. The future of women’s economic empowerment

  20. The phase-out of second-hand clothing imports: what impact for Tanzania?

    Working papers

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