Colin Anderson is an IDS Research Officer working across a portfolio that explores what drives changes in citizen-state relationships, with a particular focus on the role of international actors.
Drawing on a 20 year career in public sector and civil society reform and advocacy, his work explores pathways to better governance relationships and more inclusive societies.
At IDS, Colin works as programme research officer on the DFID-funded Action for Empowerment and Accountability research programme, which explores how social and political action in fragile and conflict-affected contexts leads to shifts in empowerment and accountability. He also supports our innovative action learning partnership with the International Budget Partnership, Learning with SPARK, which is exploring how citizen collective action can be bolstered to bring about meaningful changes in fiscal governance and accountability. Colin is also part of the teaching team on our MA Governance, Development and Public Policy.
Prior to joining IDS, Colin worked for many years in community development and civil society strengthening, and in public sector policy reform. Thematically his work has had particular focus on education and care services for children and young people, but with a consistent emphasise on motivating greater service responsiveness to the needs of the marginalised and building public sector accountability. From 2014 – 2016 he worked with the national coalition of education CSOs in Cambodia, developing advocacy actions that drew from community-generated evidence and priorities. In recent years he has worked on a number of projects exploring social and political dynamics in Myanmar and their implications for accountability.
At IDS Colin’s research examines the ways in which more inclusive, equitable and accountable governance relationships are built and sustained. Much of his work concerns the politics of development and how development assistance in the field of governance and civil society is shaped and experienced at multiple levels by different people. He has a particular interest in social accountability approaches, and how these may alter citizen-state relationships.