Prof. David Hulme is the Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester; Executive Director of the Global Development Institute; and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, a global partnership investigating the kinds of politics that promote development.

ESID is deepening the understanding of governance in the developing world in ways that impact on policies and practices so that people’s lives and livelihood are improved. Its research spans 16 countries, and it has research partners in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and USA.

A global figure in his field, David is on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

He is a prolific author with research focusing on the Millennium Development Goals, rural development policy and planning, poverty reduction strategies, finance for the poor (including microfinance), the role of community organisations and NGOs, environmental management and public sector reform.

He has particular experience in Bangladesh. Author in 2016 of Should Rich Nations Help the Poor?

David is also CEO of the FutureDAMS Research Consortium, an international, cross-disciplinary group looking at the impacts of dams.