Sumedh Rao

Research Fellow, GSDRC

International Development Department

Sumedh Rao

Contact details

International Development Department (IDD)
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Qualifications

  • Master of Public Affairs (Sciences Po, Paris)
  • BSc Politics and International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • BSc Psychology (University College London)

Biography

Sumedh joined the GSDRC in 2010. He has worked as a policy analyst and researcher with the ODI, Development Initiatives, the OECD and DFID.

He has worked on issues primarily related to governance, peacebuilding, statebuilding, capacity development and aid. He is fluent in French, Spanish, Japanese and Konkani.

Research

Research interests

  • Governance in situations of conflict and fragility
  • Statebuilding and state fragility
  • Political economy analysis 
  • Aid architecture
  • Anti-corruption reforms

Publications

Rao, S. (2013). New thinking on technical assistance to resolve knowledge and capacity gaps. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 935. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ935.pdf   

Rao, S. (2013). Mobile telephony innovation to improve education service outcomes. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 909. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ909.pdf  

Rao, S. (2013). Interventions for collective action and accountability. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 904. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ904.pdf  

Rao, S. (2013). Regional and national capacity to cope with humanitarian risk. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 896. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ896.pdf

Rao, S. (2013). Impact of election assistance. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 895. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ895.pdf

Rao, S. (2013). Judicial review and economic development. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 880. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2013). Conflict and Stabilisation in Mali and the Sahel Region. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 876. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ876.pdf

Rao, S. (2013). Impact of rule of law on state- and peace-building and service delivery. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 867. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2012). Impact of rule of law frameworks on development processes. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 866. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2012). ‘Triggers’ to scale up assistance in advance of shocks. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 863. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ863.pdf

Rao, S. and Carter, R. (2012). Aid Agency Definitions of Social Development. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 860. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Birchall, J. and Rao, S. (2012). Interventions to tackle sex selection in Asia. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 856. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ856.pdf 

Rao, S. (2012). Estimating the 'legitimate' percentage of annual military expenditures. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 854. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ854.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Effectiveness of demand-led technical assistance and cooperation on public sector reforms. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 850. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ850.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Effective methods to improve police performance in cities and regions in developing countries. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 849. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ849.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Impact of municipal billing systems on revenue collection. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 847. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ847.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Distortionary economic impacts of aid interventions in fragile states. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 840. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ840.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Integrating parliamentary and political party strengthening in sectoral programmes. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 835. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ835.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Country Risk Indices. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 829. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ829.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Indicators for investment and business climate. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 827. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ827.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Signature and compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 826. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ826.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Employment Intensity of Growth in Agriculture. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 825. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ825.pdf

M’Cormack, F. and Rao, S. (2012). Theory of Change approaches to post-conflict governance programming. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 819. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ819.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Poverty and vulnerability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 809. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ809.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Literature and debates around behaviour change. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 796. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ796.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Approaches to better target audiences. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 795. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ795.pdf

Rao, S. (2012). Impact of electoral measures on elections and a country's development. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 794. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ794.pdf

OECD. (2012). Ensuring Fragile States Are Not Left Behind: 2011 Report on Financial Resource Flows. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). http://www.oecd.org/dac/incaf/2011report_financial_ressouces_flows_full.pdf

OECD. (2012). Ensuring Fragile States Are Not Left Behind: 2011 Factsheet on Resource Flows in Fragile States.  Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  http://www.oecd.org/dac/incaf/49108935.pdf

Rao, S. (2011). Examples of successful fuel subsidy removal. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ754.pdf

Rao, S. and Marquette, H. (2012). Corruption indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks for budget support. U4 Issue Paper 1. Bergen, Norway: Chr. Michelsen Institute. http://www.u4.no/publications/corruption-indicators-in-performance-assessment-frameworks-for-budget-support/downloadasset/2688

Marquette, H., Flanary, R., Rao, S. & Morris, D. (2011). Supporting Anti-Corruption Reform in Partner Countries - Concepts, Tools and Areas for Action. Full Report. Tools and Methods Series - Concept Paper 2. Brussels: EuropeAid. http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/infopoint/publications/europeaid/documents/251a_full_en.pdf

Marquette, H., Flanary, R., Rao, S. & Morris, D. (2011). Supporting Anti-Corruption Reform in Partner Countries - Concepts, Tools and Areas for Action. Summary. Tools and Methods Series - Concept Paper 2. Brussels: EuropeAid. http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/infopoint/publications/europeaid/documents/251a_short_en.pdf

Rao, S. (2011). Lessons learned from the Papua New Guinea elections. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 727. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2011). Overview of key governance issues related to natural resource management. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 765. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD765.pdf

Rao, S. (2011). Elite groups ceding power. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 687. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2011). Overview of Donor Approaches to Private Sector Development. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 679. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2011). Retaining human capacities from technical cooperation. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 678. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2011). Managing transition to nationally-managed structures. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 677. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2011). Regional Drivers of Bad Governance in South Asia. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 676. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S., Lucas, B., Walton, O. and O'Connor, S. (2011). Unemployment and Donor Coordination in Egypt. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 667. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2010). Donor Experience of Working with Traditional and Religious Institutions. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 736. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD736.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Monitoring and Evaluating Civil Service Performance. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 722. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD722.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Mapping International Dialogue in South Asia. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 729. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Rao, S. (2010). Private Investment Constraints in Business in the Poorest Countries. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 715. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD715.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Local Government Capacity and Leadership in Fragile States. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 714. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD714.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Investment Climate in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 713. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD713.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Political Economy of Sierra Leone. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 710. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD710.pdf

Haider, H. and Rao, S. (2010). Political and Social Analysis for Development Policy and Practice: An Overview of Five Approaches. Emerging Issues Paper. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/EIRS10.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Review of Justice Sector Support in Afghanistan. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 700. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD700.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Critique of Governance Assessment Applications. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 699. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD699.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Evaluation of Governance Programme Indicators. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 698. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD698.pdf

Rao, S. (2010). Impact of ‘Resource Curse’ Mitigation. GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 693. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham. http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HD693.pdf

Baudienville, G., Domingo, P., Basu Ray, D., Rao, S.and Hedger, S. (2010). Aid Instruments in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations: Impacts on the State- and Peace-Building Agenda. Final report. London: ODI. www.odi.org.uk/resources/download/5405.pdf

OECD. (2010). Transition Financing: Building a Better Response. Paris: OECD. http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/development/conflict-and-fragility_20743637;jsessionid=dnip8drk9gtck.x-oecd-live-01

OECD (2009). Mutual Review for Development Effectiveness in Africa Report 2009. Paris: OECD. http://www.africapartnershipforum.org/dataoecd/62/43/42179846.pdf

OECD. (2008). 2008 DAC Report on Multilateral Aid. DCD/DAC(2008)58/ADD. Paris: OECD. http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/59/11/42901553.pdf

Rao, S., Higgins-Steele, A., Konialis, E., Ota M. and Wong, I. (2008). Lessons Learned from Regional Approaches to Peacebuilding. Paris: Sciences Po.

Furnham, A., & Rao, S. (2002). Personality and the aesthetics of composition: A study of Mondrian & Hirst. North American Journal of Psychology 4, 233-242.

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