Dr Uche Igwe

Dr Uche Igwe

Visiting Fellow

Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

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Key Expertise
Legislative Ethics, Anti-corruption, Open Government Partnership

About me

Dr. Uche Igwe is a political economy analyst, legislative scholar and communications expert with twenty years of practical experience working with the parliament, government agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations, the media, research think tanks and private sector.

He holds a PhD degree in politics from the University of Sussex and a Master of Arts degree in Governance and Development from the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS) also in Sussex. His thesis on the ethical landscape in the Nigerian parliament provided insight on how contextual politics and ethical heterogeneity can shape perceptions of corruption and anti-corruption especially in countries with colonial footprints.

He has held key positions in several multi-stakeholder initiatives in Nigeria like the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) where he supported diverse stakeholders to work together to achieve shared accountability objectives and development targets. He also served as a Chevening fellow on government relations with NGOs and Civil Society at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Igwe also served as Africa Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars and Visiting Scholar at African Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University both in Washington DC, USA. During his stay at the Wilson Centre he researched and wrote extensively on Chinese interest and engagement in the African continent.

On 1 April 2015, Dr Igwe was described as a Punch pundit by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a result of his political savvy predictions around the victory of the then opposition against the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

He worked as Political Economy Analyst on several projects like Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) and Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER) both funded by the UK government. He also provided regular analysis and communications support to the World Bank country office in Nigeria before and during the 2019 elections.

He loves travelling and still provides regular commentary on contemporary political issues in the Nigerian media.

Expertise Details

Exploring how contextual politics and ethical heterogeneity shape perceptions of corruption in Africa