Dr Pablo Yanguas

Honorary Research Fellow

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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.

External positions

Consultant, Adam Smith International Limited

Apr 2016 → …

Aid Co-ordination Consultant, Honduras, The World Bank

Mar 2013Jun 2013

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Doctor of Philosophy, Government, Cornell University
  • 2010 - Master of Arts, Government, Cornell University
  • 2006 - Bachelor of Arts, History , Universidad de Sevilla

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