David Lawson

Senior Researcher

Subject areas:
Extreme poverty, Access to justice, Economic growth and challenges
Geographical areas:
Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Lesotho
+46 18-471 5296

Academic background

David has 25 years sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) experience having been resident policy adviser for the governments of Ethiopia, Lesotho and Uganda. He has consulted and advised a series of donors including The World Bank, UNICEF and DFID. Most recently he was an adviser to Melinda Gates on issues of gendered time poverty, panel adviser on health equity and gender issues for WHO, founding adviser for the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) and lead consultant for UNICEF on restructuring child social welfare programs in several Southern Africa countries.

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.

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