Prof. David Booth

David Booth is a Principal Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

His interests span research into the politics and political economy of development and the promotion of innovative approaches to development programming.

He has 45 years of experience in these fields, including research, teaching, editorial, and consultancy assignments across the developing world.

Before joining ODI in 1998, he was Professor of Development Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea. David spent seven years at the head of two large collaborative programs on ‘Africa Power and Politics’ and ‘Developmental Regimes in Africa’ (

He co-authored (with Diana Cammack) Governance for Development in Africa (Zed Books 2013) and contributed to Business, Politics, and the State in Africa (Tim Kelsall, Zed Books 2013).

He now works on ODI’s Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) program ( with a focus on the political economy of industrial policy.

“The Bank is fully engaged to enhance transparency in resource use and management, governance in the public sector, the rule of law and building institutional capacities and frameworks for investment.” – Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, AfDB Group 

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