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Marcus Manuel

Senior Research Associate

  • Development and Public Finance
  • Equity and Social Policy
Portrait of Marcus Manuel

Marcus Manuel is a Senior Research Associate for ODI working on development finance issues, especially in low-income and fragile states. His recent research has focused on addressing extreme poverty and increasing access to justice (in collaboration with the Politics and Governance programme).

Marcus Manuel's former ODI roles include the founding Director of the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI), the BSI country director for South Sudan and the Head of Centre of Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE).

Prior to joining ODI, Marcus held a number of senior management roles within the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) from 2002 to 2010 with responsibilities for staff and programmes in Africa and Asia. His final role was Director Pan Africa Strategy and Programmes, one of the three directors responsible for managing DFID’s programmes in Africa with focus on Africa wide strategies; institutions and issues, including climate change, regional trade; conflict prevention and humanitarian support.

Before working at DFID, Marcus worked at HM Treasury, starting as an economic adviser in 1991. His final role was head of the newly created department responsible for advice on all aspects of international development (including DFID expenditure, debt policy and creation of the International Financing Facility). Between 1996–2000, Marcus was seconded from HM Treasury to work as the Senior Adviser in the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

  1. Investing in what works to deliver SDG 16.3 and people-centred justice in lower-income countries

  2. Justice aid update and lessons from latest evaluations of donor programming

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Advancing SDG 16.3.2 by investing in prison paralegals to cut the number of unsentenced detainees in low-income countries

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Recalibrating relations in Afghanistan: collective action by international actors

    Research reports

  5. How to strengthen the IMF’s effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected states

  6. People-centred justice – re-setting financial priorities in OECD and low-income countries

  7. People-centred justice for all: a route to scaling up access to justice advice and assistance in low-income countries

    Research reports

  8. The new US fragility strategy can be transformational – but requires careful implementation

  9. How to allocate scarce aid: why Ukraine doesn’t need more aid than Tanzania

  10. Financing the reduction of extreme poverty post-Covid-19

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Justice, the rule of law and Covid-19: three expert views

  12. DFID and FCO merger: our experts' views

  13. Dear European Commission president: four priorities to demonstrate global leadership

  14. How to finance the end of extreme poverty

  15. Failing to reach the poorest: subnational financing inequalities and health and education outcomes

    Research reports

  16. Financing the end of extreme poverty: 2019 update

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Number of people predicted to be living in extreme poverty by 2030 on the rise – new report

    Press Release

  18. An agenda for Europe in the world

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. What G7 leaders can do to end extreme poverty

  20. Financing human development and the ending of extreme poverty in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

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