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No Pleasure in the Pathless Woods

The Legal and Implementation Challenges of Tree Planting in Freetown Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the forested Lion Mountains, Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, was originally planned to house 300,000 people. But the 1991-2002 civil war triggered a massive influx of people from the provinces and the city is now crowded far beyond […]

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Spotlighting key issues in Ethiopia

In the newly created Ethio-Spotlight series, the OPF Fellows Nduta Njenga and Temwanani Karen Phiri provide reflections on a range of topics related to Ethiopia for a regional and international audience. Nduta and Temwanani are OPF Fellows working for the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy and the Ministry of Finance in Ethiopia. Through their […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic

How OPF Fellows supported host governments’ responses and readiness for recovery At its core, the Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) is a listening institution. It respondsto requests from low- and middle-income country (LMIC) governments for legal andpolicy technical advisors (TAs) to help achieve the country’s development priorities.In early 2020, OPF had 15 Fellows posted in eight […]

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Providing legal and policy advice during the Covid-19 pandemic

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) has worked to provide government partners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with vital support as they respond to the pandemic and develop long-term recovery plans. In our latest Story of Change, we outline how we have collaborated with government partners through these challenging times.  The […]

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Trading out of Poverty, into Wealth and Prosperity

Strengthening Uganda’s Trade and Industrial Policy Landscape Uganda’s trade policy objective, ‘Trading out of Poverty, Into Wealth and Prosperity’, seeks to create real wealth for its people. The country’s new 5-year plan, the third National Development Plan (NDP III) 2020/21-2024/25, looks to ‘sustainable industrialization’ as a way to reach middle-income status1. This entails adopting strategies […]

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Negotiating Debt

Building a Strong Government Team in Uganda If you flip the pages of Ugandan newspapers, you will be struck by articles about big loans that Parliament has approved to finance development. This is not just something of arcane interest. The general public is concerned about what they all add up to: in the streets of […]

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Fellows successfully complete their postings

At the end of 2020, Fellows from cohort 4 left their host ministries after two years of impactful work. They are now continuing their journey providing legal and policy perspectives within the international development field. The four Fellows started their fellowships in 2018, embarking on varied roles as civil servants in their host governments. Working […]

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Applications are closed

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oxford Policy Fellowship is unable to undertake recruitment for the next cohort of Fellows at this point of time. As a result, there may be some changes to our annual recruitment dates, so please check our website for further notifications. We would like to […]

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Revisiting technical assistance

Evidence-based learning This report is an evidence-based exploration of the Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) model of technical assistance. It presents a summary of learnings from the OPF Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) data collected from 2015 to 2019. The report draws upon bi-monthly Fellow Reflection Diaries, Key Informant Interviews, and quantitative Time Entry data.

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Making PPPs work for Uganda’s Development

Uganda has major ambitions for infrastructure to catalyse economic growth, reduce poverty and ensure environmental sustainability. With a major investment gap, the country is looking for major public-private partnerships. This note tells the story of OPF Fellows helping to establish a strong PPP legal regime to attract quality investors – and of resulting new PPP […]

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