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

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

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

    Research reports

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

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

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

  8. DFID and FCO merger: our experts' views

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

  10. How to finance the end of extreme poverty

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

    Research reports

  12. Financing the end of extreme poverty: 2019 update

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Press Release

  14. An agenda for Europe in the world

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. What G7 leaders can do to end extreme poverty

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

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Five priorities for the new World Bank president

  18. Investment in human capital is not reaching the poorest people

  19. Subnational investment in human capital

    Research reports

  20. Universal access to basic justice: costing Sustainable Development Goal 16.3

    Working papers

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