Alison is a development economist with 30 years of experience in research, policy and evaluation and with geographic experience in southern and eastern Africa, south-east Asia and the Balkans. After gaining degrees from Sussex and Cambridge Universities, she began her career as an academic before joining the staff of the World Bank in 1994. There she worked in country economics, policy and evaluation and was part of the team that produced the World Development Report 1997 and the Bank’s first Annual Review of Development Effectiveness. Most recently she was Executive Director of ODI, the UK’s leading think tank in international development and humanitarian affairs. Alison specialises in issues of aid and development effectiveness and is a frequent adviser to senior decision makers across the bilateral and multilateral development system.