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Jan Willem Gunning (DPhil Oxford) is emeritus professor of development economics. He has  been a staff member of the World Bank in Washington DC and  a professor at the University of Oxford where he was the director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.


His research interests include impact evaluation; transport cost and rural welfare; and the demand for insurance in developing countries.

Prizes and Awards

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Auvergne (France) for his leading role in economic research on Africa. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and served on the KNAW board as the Academy’s general secretary, 2011-2016.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals