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My work focuses on aid effectiveness and on the political economy of public sector reform, with an emphasis on anti-corruption issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond research, I do a little bit of work part-time as a consultant on political-economy analysis and adaptive management for development organizations. I am also the designer and convenor of the Global Development Institute's postgraduate module on Policy Analysis.


To arrange an interview with Pablo about his recent publication, Why We Lie About Aid please email directly or contact Rowena Harding on +44 161 306 6889. 


Pablo Yanguas is an Honorary Research Fellow at the GDI. He was a Research Fellow at the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, also at The University of Manchester. He is an international development consultant.

He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University after studying History and Archaeology at the University of Seville. His research centres on the political economy of foreign aid, the politics of development policy, and public sector reform, and has appeared in academic journals like World Development, Development Policy Review, Third World Quarterly and Journal of International Development. As an advisor he specializes on politically-smart and adaptive foreign aid, with a focus on anti-corruption programming.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Government, Cornell University

Award Date: 20 Aug 2012

Master of Arts, Government, Cornell University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2010

Bachelor of Arts, History , Universidad de Sevilla

Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

External positions

Consultant, Adam Smith International Limited

Apr 2016 → …

Aid Co-ordination Consultant, Honduras, The World Bank

Mar 2013Jun 2013

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Political Science
  • Development Studies
  • Public Sector
  • JZ International relations
  • Foreign Aid
  • Transnational Ideas

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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