Author - Paul Collier

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University.  He took a five year Public Service leave, 1998-2003, during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank.   He is also a Professeur invitéat CERDI, Université d’Auverge, and at Paris 1. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’.  He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize.  His latest book, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places was published in March 2009.  Paul is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank; and he has advised the British Government on its recent White Paper on economic development policy.  He has been writing a monthly column for the Guardian, and also writes for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.  His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

Paul Collier is a member of the Advisory Board of Global Policy.


Posts Archive:

Beyond The Boat People: Europe’s Moral Duties To Refugees

photo: CC nate2b on Flickr

What Is Europe About?

Unlocking Private Finance For African Infrastructure

Why Coal Production Must End

Why The Left Should Break The Migration Taboo

Democracy In Dangerous Places: Egypt – What Went Wrong?

Tax And Transparency: Why The G8 Agenda Matters

Europe’s Submerging Economies


Putting Capitalism in Order

What does the new ECB Commitment to the Euro imply?

Class in Europe: Staying Together and Coming Apart

Collier - Save the European Ideal by Creating National Euros

Global Social Progress

Kenya, Oil and Populism: Learning from Germany




housing, slums, banks, African , development, stock

Army Salami: How to Dump a Dictator