Dr Benjamin   Chemouni

Dr Benjamin Chemouni

LSE fellow

Department of International Development

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Benjamin Chemouni is an LSE Fellow in the International Development Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Benjamin’s research focuses on political economy of post-conflict state-building with a special interest on the Great Lakes region of Africa, particularly Burundi and Rwanda. Research interests include public sector reform, decentralisation, post-liberation politics, political ideology, and state/society interface.

Benjamin is also associated with the DFID-funded Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) at the University of Manchester. He has work on three research projects: Public sector effectiveness in Africa, Social Protection – Tool for Poverty Reduction or Political Strategy?. He is also a researcher for the ESRC-funded project “Investigating 'pockets of effectiveness' in developing countries: a new route to building state capacity for development”.

He has consultancy experience, having worked for the UK Foreign Office, the Department for International Development (DFID), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He has been an expert witness for the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee.

Benjamin also has extensive media experience both in English and French, in newspapers (Le Monde, New Internationalist…), Radio (BBC, RFI..) and TV (BBC, Al-Jazeera, France 24…).

Selected publications

  • 2017 (forthcoming) - "Taking stock of Rwanda’s decentralisation: changing local governance in a post-conflict environment." Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal.

  • 2017 - The politics of core public sector reform in Rwanda. ESID working paper n°88. University of Manchester.

  • 2016 - The political path to universal health coverage: Elite commitment to community-based health insurance in Rwanda. ESID working paper n°72. University of Manchester.

  • 2014 - “Explaining the Design of the Rwandan Decentralisation: elite vulnerability and the territorial repartition of power”, Journal of Eastern African Studies, vol. 8, n°2, pp. 246-262.

  • 2014 -  "The Political Economy of the Fertilizer Subsidy Reform in Rwanda and Burundi", in Reyntjens F., Verpoorten M., Vandeginste S. (Eds.), L’Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire, 2013-2014, pp. 483-506. L'Harmattan: Paris