Brian Levy has been a pioneer in efforts to  mainstream institutional and  political considerations into development strategy, at the World Bank and elsewhere.  He currently is on the faculties of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Cape Town.

For over two decades, Brian Levy has provided sustained intellectual and strategic leadership, at the World Bank and elsewhere, to  efforts to integrate governance  into development strategy. He currently teaches at  Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Cape Town.


“Development pathways are varied and circuitous. As long as inclusive growth is rapid,  a seeming excess of order or a seeming excess of chaos may be less a signal that things are off-track than part of the medium-term nature of things….. To achieve progress, we need to begin by seeing things as they are, and to work from there. If we do that, we have the possibility of forward movement. This is the essence of working with the grain.”

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2 responses

  1. Thank you, Brian. I spent some time going through the debates laid bare in the exchanges, and I found them to be both fascinating and useful for our work as development practitioners and students. However, the question that arises is that ‘must we just accept that development is in the mercy of those who are in power (both inside and outside of the state)?’. If so, at whose expense and why? Or is the question of ‘at whose expense’ an irrelevant consideration?

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