Niheer Dasandi

Niheer Dasandi

Niheer completed his PhD at University College London on the relationship between international and domestic inequalities and poverty. His current research focuses on the links between inequality and poverty, the politics of policy reform in developing countries, the political economy of aid, and political-bureaucratic interactions. Before starting his PhD, Niheer spent two years as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Niheer is based at the University of Birmingham where he is Birmingham Fellow in Politics and Development, in the School of Government and Society.



Developmental leaders, 'dirty hands', and the dark side of collaboration

11th December 2013

Should donors support developmental leaders who gain or keep power through questionable means? 

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The politics of redistribution: we need you

16th October 2014

Share your thoughts on episodes of redistribution that have helped redress inequality, and help us shape new research into the politics behind them. 

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Politicians and administrators: conflict, collusion or collaboration?

23rd October 2014

How do relations between political and administrative leaders affect reform?

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International donors - aiding or abetting?

10th September 2015

The importance of acknowledging the dilemmas donors may face when giving aid to developmental states.

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The curious case of Indian autocracy and what it tells us about 'thinking and working politically'

25th June 2015

The history of India’s largely forgotten shift to autocracy and its return to democracy can tell us much about how change happens.

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How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

29th January 2016

A new 'thinking and working politically' community of practice aims to develop practical guidance for development practitioners based on evidence of what works in politically smart programming.

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Positive deviance and Myanmar's telecoms revolution

3rd February 2016

A DLP research project looks at the politics of economic reform through the lens of Myanmar's remarkable transformation of its telecoms sector.

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