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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Dirk Willem te Velde
Dirk Willem te Velde

Dirk Willem te Velde

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is the head of the International Economic Development Group. He is currently leading the European Report on Development 2014 on Financing and other Means of Implementation in a post-2015 world (having previously led ERD2012), is research leader of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, and advises the UK House of Common Inquiry into the future of the development inquiry. He also leads work on Aid for Trade, which recently led to a book, launched at the 4th Global Aid for Trade Review in July 2013. He has further written extensively on G20 and development (e.g. leading ODI’s G20 Development Charter before the start of the G20 DWG), bringing developing country interests and research to the attention of the G20. Dirk Willem co-ordinated an influential study on the effects of the global financial crisis in 11 developing countries. The framework paper was downloaded 100,000 times and the research featured in the Economist, Guardian and other media. In his 13 years at ODI, he has advised donor agencies (e.g. DFID, Sida, and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), developing country governments (e.g. Malawi, Cambodia) and multilateral bodies (e.g. World Bank, European Commission, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNIDO, ILO, AsDB, WTO LDC group). He has written and edited several books, 30 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters related mainly to investment, trade and growth issues. He holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London.

A factory worker at her station on the production line in this garment factory
A factory worker at her station on the production line in this garment factory

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Sustaining employment growth: The role of manufacturing and structural change

Event - Public event - 27 February 2014 13:00 - 14:30 (GMT+00)
To launch the UNIDO Industrial Development Report, this event will explore the critical role of the manufacturing sector in sustaining growth and transformation.


Grants or loans: how should the UK provide aid in the future?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 20 February 2014


A new report by the IDC explores the new challenges facing UK development. Three ODI bloggers reflect on its findings – and we want your views. 

Introduction by Kevin Watkins, ODI Director

The international development landscape is changing.

With rich countries still struggling to shake off the after-effects of the financial crisis, emerging markets have become a global growth pole. Countries in Africa are posting some of the world’s highest growth rates – several have entered the ranks of middle-income countries.

Dirk Willem te Velde

Can Africa sustain its growth?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 6 January 2014
What could be done to help sustain Africa’s growth through financial sector development? The DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme and ODI have recently asked some of the brightest academic thinkers and practitioners on the continent and beyond to provide their views.