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Simon Maxwell

Senior Research Associate

  • Development and Public Finance
Portrait of Simon Maxwell

Simon is an economist who began his career working overseas, first in Kenya and India for the UN Development Programme, and then in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration. He was a Fellow of IDS in Sussex from 1981-1997 and was Director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1997-2009. Since 2009, he has inter alia been Executive Chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (2010-17), and Specialist Adviser to the International Development Select Committee of the UK House of Commons (2010-17). Simon is a past President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for services to international development. He writes extensively on development policy.

  1. How to build consensus in climate change negotiations

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. ODI audio interviews from CAPE 2012

  3. The impacts of European Union (EU) Trade Policy and the Common Agriculture Policy on Development


  4. European Development Days: confronting inequality


  5. Inclusive and sustainable development: challenges, opportunities, policies and partnerships

    Research reports

  6. Tackling global poverty: where next for Brussels?


  7. Rio+20: the UN Conference on Sustainable Development


  8. A waymark reached. Is the finish line in sight?

  9. ‘Knowledge Policy and Power in International Development: A Practical Guide’ – European Book Launch


  10. Zambia today: implementing policies for growth and poverty reduction


  11. Where are the biggest gains in aid effectiveness – practically speaking?

  12. Are countries ready for change?

  13. Brainstorming session with European People’s Party (EPP) members of the Development Committee (DEVE)


  14. Establishing effective partnerships for humanitarian research and practice


  15. EU budget surprise: Member States proposing budgetisation of the European Development Fund

  16. Too much aid to middle income countries? the EU’s aid allocation conundrum

  17. Where does the Green Climate Fund stand now?

  18. Re-thinking Europe: what development can offer

  19. Living the Durban Durbar

  20. Attention, MEPs: Do not lose sight of the bigger picture, the future of EU external action is up for grabs

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