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Shaping policy for development

An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Simon Maxwell
Simon Maxwell

Simon Maxwell

Senior Research Associate, Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure

Simon Maxwell was Director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1997-2009. He is an economist who began his career working overseas, first in Kenya and India for the UN Development Program, and then in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. Before joining ODI, Simon spent 16 years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, latterly as Programme Manager for Poverty, Food Security and the Environment. He has written extensively on poverty, food security, agricultural development and aid, and his current research interests also include development policy, linking relief and development, global governance and bridging research and policy.

He is a forum fellow of the World Economic Forum and was awarded a CBE in January 2007.

Simon has his own website: http://www.simonmaxwell.eu/


Why the European Parliament elections matter for international development

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 24 January 2014

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in May this year. Yet, an oddity of the European elections is that they are out of synch with the main policy and budgetary processes of the EU:  

·         The Multiannual Financial Framework was approved at the end of 2013, appropriating funds and shaping detailed allocations for the period 2014 to 2020.

·         Detailed policy will be shaped by the Regulations covering different instruments, relating to the same period, and mostly in the final stages of approval.

Supporting climate negotiations: examining the evidence

Publication - Research reports and studies - 15 November 2013
Louise Shaxson, Simon Maxwell, Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Chris Dodwell, Arani Mylvaganam, Kiran Sua
'The poorest and most vulnerable countries often have the most to lose from climate change, but the least resources to fully represent their interests at international climate change negotiations. This paper reviews the existing evidence base and a range of case studies to understand how effective past and present negotiation support efforts have been, and how to strengthen future negotiation support efforts.'
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Looking beyond 2013: Are Africa-EU relations still fit for purpose?

Event - Conference - 28 October 2013
​Ahead of the 2014 Africa-EU Summit, and at a time of shifting and complex internal and external dynamics in Europe and Africa, the European Think-Tanks Group is holding a High-Level Conference: Looking beyond 2013: Are Africa-EU relations still fit for purpose?. It will provide an opportunity to take stock of the successes, challenges and failures of the efforts to launch a strategic partnership, to revisit strategic questions on the nature and objective of the partnership and to have an open debate on what both partners expect from one another in order to inform the future relationship.

Disagreements over aid spending threaten to derail aid in 2014

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 17 October 2013

The European Union (EU) is the biggest aid provider in the world: donating US$60 billion in 2012 (more than half of the global total). Aid managed by the European Commission accounted for as much as $18 billion in 2012.  However, the European Parliament, on the one hand, and the European Commission and the Member States, on the other, are in disagreement over the rules on aid spending which is threatening to derail EU aid disbursements. And there is very little time left to solve the problem. This means that there is a real risk that, in 2014, spending by the EU institutions may crash.