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Stephen Gelb

Principal Research Fellow - Team Leader

  • International Economic Development Group
Portrait of Stephen Gelb

Dr. Stephen Gelb leads the work on private sector development. He is an economist with thirty years of research and policy experience in South Africa and several other developing countries.

He grew up in South Africa and has an BA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Manitoba in Canada, both in Economics. He was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in Canada and South Africa. He has been an adviser to President Mbeki in South Africa and a consultant for several UN and other multilateral agencies. He has written extensively on South African economics and politics, on investment between Asia and Africa, on global value chains in manufacturing and agro-processing, and on the financial services sector. He has taught economics, political science and development studies at universities in South Africa, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He established and ran The EDGE Institute, an independent research organisation in Johannesburg, and has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

  1. Covid-19 and food security: novel pathways and data collection to improve research and monitoring efforts

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Diaspora finance for development: from remittances to investment

    Research reports

  3. Five expert views on China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060

  4. More regulation in corporate reporting could boost transparency

  5. Africa Industrialisation Day: how to support African manufacturing during the Covid-19 recovery

  6. Africa Industrialisation Day: four expert views

  7. The fourth chronic poverty report: growth

    Research reports

  8. Business impact on reform of private economic governance

    Research reports

  9. 10 things to know about the impacts of urbanisation

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Technology, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Cyril Ramaphosa set to become South Africa president – ODI expert available

    Press Release

  12. Adjusting to rising costs in Chinese light manufacturing: what opportunities for developing countries?

    Research reports

  13. What drives Chinese outward manufacturing investment? A review of enabling factors in Africa and Asia

    Working papers

  14. Chinese light manufacturing and outward investment into Africa and Asia

    Working papers

  15. 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: domestic politics with global implications

  16. Foreign direct investment and economic transformation in Myanmar

    Working papers

  17. Towards a complete jobs picture: a new lens on labour data gaps and on automation

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. India’s ‘Rexit’: central bank uncertainty raises risk

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Developing export-based manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa

    Research reports