The Nordic Africa Institute

David Lawson


This page is kept for historical reasons. The employment ended
30 September 2020



David Lawson is a senior researcher and expert on development economics and public policy, with particular interest in extreme poverty, access to justice, economic growth and challenges, health inequalities and gender related issues.

Dr David Lawson has more than 25 years of experience in development economics and application of public policy in lower and lower middle income countries. He has five years, combined experience, as resident government advisor in Ethiopia, Lesotho and Uganda.

His research interests are in development economics and public policy, but more specifically related to conceptual and applied policy understanding of extreme and chronic poverty, particularly related to gender issues. His books include the “What Works for the Poorest” series (Practical Action: 2007, 2010, 2020), “Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy Implementation in SSA” (Routledge, 2020), and author of “Cash Transfers for the Poverty Reduction: An International Operational Guide” (Routledge, 2020).

He has substantial research management and administration experience, having lead interdisciplinary teams. He has consulted extensively for donors such as World Bank, UNICEF and DFID. Most recently he was an advisor to Melinda Gates on issues of gendered time poverty, and panel advisor on health equity and gender issues for WHO, founding advisor for the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), and lead consultant for UNICEF on restructuring child social welfare programs in Southern Africa.

Besides being a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, David is Visiting Professor in Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor in Development Economics and Public Policy, UIBE, Beijing and Faculty member at The University of Manchester.