Helen Dempster

  • Communications Manager
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)



Helen holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from The University of Edinburgh, during which she focussed on capacity building issues for local government staff in Uganda. She also holds an LLB and a BA (Public Policy and International Relations) from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Prior to undertaking her masters, she worked in policy development for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, as well as being involved in education based NGO’s in Kenya, Scotland and New Zealand. Her primary interests are state capacity building, governance and accountability, local government, public sector reform, South-South knowledge sharing, and education policy.