Richard Batley is Emeritus Professor of Development Administration at the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. His research interests are in government, service delivery, non-state service provision, public-private partnership, regulation, urban policy, and aid management. He has experience in Britain, Latin America, Africa and South Asia. He has recently completed a research project on relations between government and non-government service providers in three South Asian countries, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2006-09). He was lead adviser for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the development of a handbook on contracting out government funding and services in fragile states (2010). Current research is on the politics of service provision in conflict-affected and effective states.