Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is Global Director, Governance at the World Resources Institute based in Washington, DC. He leads WRI's Governance Center, providing strategic and intellectual leadership around analysis, strategy, fundraising and management. He also supports the integration of governance perspectives across the full range of WRI’s programs.

Mark’s career in international development spans more than 25 years. He has held a number of leadership and management roles, most recently at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) where he led a large group of governance and conflict professionals and served as deputy director of the Research and Evidence Division. He has extensive research and applied policy experience on governance, transparency and conflict issues. He previously held senior positions at the Institute for Development Studies, Ford Foundation, and the Overseas Development Institute.

Mark earned his PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Sussex specialising in the politics of contemporary India. He also holds a BA honors degree in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Agrarian Relations from the University of Sussex.


How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

29th January 2016

Many well-intentioned development programmes founder in the face of resistance from entrenched elites who feel threatened by a potential loss of power and resources. Resources intended for the poor and disadvantaged benefit the rich and powerful. In response, development practitioners and academics have become keenly interested in the political factors that shape development outcomes over the past ten years.

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