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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. At UNGA, three global leaders call for aid to be better targeted towards the poorest

  2. UNGA breakfast briefing: financing the end of extreme poverty


  3. Financing the end of extreme poverty


  4. How can we finance the end of extreme poverty?

  5. Marcus Manuel on financing the end of extreme poverty

  6. Financing the end of extreme poverty

    Research reports

  7. Four hundred million people will still be living in extreme poverty by 2030 – new report

    Press Release

  8. Achieving equal access to justice for all by 2030: lessons from global funds

    Working papers

  9. 'Leave no one behind' index 2018

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Do we need a new approach to support fragile states?


  11. Fragility Commission report is spot on: engagement in fragile states needs real and radical change

  12. The IMF in insecure fragile states: why being absent should no longer be an option

  13. Health and education: the link between DFID’s aid allocation and a country’s ability to pay

  14. Why is the International Monetary Fund absent from the most fragile states?

  15. The new deal in Somalia: an independent review of the Somali Compact, 2014-2016

    Research reports

  16. Enhancing aid architecture in the regional response to the Syria crisis

    Research reports

  17. Scaling up international support for adaptation: productive safety nets and reimbursable debt service

    Working papers

  18. Implementing the new development framework in countries affected by conflict and fragility

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Financing the future: how international public finance should fund a global social compact to eradicate poverty

    Research reports

  20. Getting to zero poverty by 2030 – stop giving more to those that need it the least

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