Making policies work

Bruce Byiers

  • Political economy of development reforms
  • Business facilitation
  • Domestic resource mobilisation
  • Regional integration processes
  • Developing country export promotion
  • Enterprise devleopment / private sector development
  • Industrialisation policy
  • Tax policy


Dr. Bruce Byiers is a development economist with a DPhil from the University of Sussex, UK. Originally from Scotland, he is a Senior Policy Officer in the Economic Transformation and Trade team at ECDPM where he has been working since May 2011. He is working on issues relating to the growing call to “engage the private sector for development”, domestic resource mobilisation, private sector investment in agriculture under CAADP, regional integration initiatives, aid for trade and trade facilitation. As part of his work, he brings  an economic approach with an understanding of political economy issues. At ECDPM he has so far been involved in fieldwork in Mozambique, Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to ECDPM, Bruce worked as a consultant, carrying out projects for various organisations including UNIDO, USAID, and DANIDA. The focus of his work was mainly on industrial policy and private sector development, more specifically focusing on barriers to firm expansion, informality and tax policy in Mozambique, Rwanda and Lesotho. Bruce also worked in the Mozambican Ministry of Planning and Development/Finance for five years, partly as an ODI Fellow and subsequently as a consultant and researcher in the Macro-economic Projections Unit of the National Budget Directorate, and the Directorate for Policy Studies and Analysis.


  • Member of the Management Team
  • To work on developing work programmes and analytical content relating to the above areas
  • To help identify funding opportunities, develop funding proposals and, to effectively secure funds for assigned projects and/or policy facilitation activities
  • To develop knowledge on key policy issues through assembling content, doing research and brokering knowledge

Pre-ECDPM assignments

  • IBF International Consulting, Economic Development Sector Manager, Belgium
  • Independent consultant, assignments for UNIDO, DfID, World Bank, World Bank, DANIDA, and AUSAID in Mozambique, Rwanda, and Lesotho
  • Oxford Policy Management, consultant on Public Expenditure Management Reforms, Mozambique
  • ODI Fellow, National Directorate of Planning and Finance, Mozambique
  • Assistant researcher, Fernand Braudel Institute for the World Economy, Brazil

External publications and contributions

    Regional integration and poverty in the EAC

    Publications | Published on 29-11-2016

    Regional integration and poverty in the EAC

    Publications | Published on 29-11-2016

    CSO-business partnerships - bringing mozzarella to the masses?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 19-11-2015

    Aid for Trade – not just about aid, nor trade...

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 09-07-2015

    Regional Integration (part 2) - Ubuntu in a Cui Bono World?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 05-12-2014

    Make regional integration in Africa work… better

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 14-07-2016

    Corridors as industrial policy? Linking people, policies and places

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 18-06-2015

    Fostering More and Better Jobs

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 06-03-2014

    Thematic Focus: Fostering More and Better Jobs

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 27-02-2014

    Enhancing the Regional Dimensions of Aid for Trade

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 20-12-2013

    Private Sector for Development

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 26-11-2013

    Bruce Byiers

    Senior Policy Officer Economic Transformation and Trade Programme


    Scottish, British


    English, French, Spanish, Portuguese


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    • +32 473 28 05 33


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    Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21

    6211 HE Maastricht