David Booth leads the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP), a five-year consortium research programme dedicated to "discovering institutions that work for poor people”. APPP brings together research organisations and think-tanks in France, Ghana, Niger, Uganda, the UK and the USA. It is undertaking research in nineteen African countries and is supported by DFID and Irish Aid.
David Booth’s other work currently focuses on the political economy of governance-improvement and aid in sub-Saharan Africa and, to a lesser extent, Latin America. Between 2000 and 2009 David was the editor of Development Policy Review.
Formerly a university academic at Hull and Swansea, David has been a Research Fellow at ODI since 1998.