Ian Anderson, PhD, Director

A development economist with more than 30 years international experience in Asia and the Pacific.


I am an experienced development economist specialising in the design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of complex projects and programs in developing countries.  I have over 30 years international development experience.  I have been a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), a Senior Economist with the World Bank, and a Principal Economist with the Asian Development Bank.  As an independent economics consultant, I have led numerous high level evaluations and assignments for clients including Asian Development Bank, DFAT, DFID, Ernst and Young, Oxford Policy Management, SIDA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.  I hold a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Masters of International Health (Distinction), and have recently graduated from the Australian National University with a PhD on priority setting and resource allocation in the health sector of PNG and Pacific Island countries.

areas of expertise

  • Economics and financing of health care in developing countries, with a particular focus on identifying more equitable, efficient, and affordable service delivery interventions.
  • Design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of complex development assistance programs.
  • Policy and strategy development, with expertise in higher-level, evidence-based, and costed, options in environments that are information and resource poor.
  • Political economy analysis: the incentives and disincentives for achieving reform in the social sectors of developing countries.


An interview for Oxford Policy Management on how countries learn from each other about health sector reform.