Nick Wilkinson

Nick Wilkinson is a Policy Economist at the IGC London Hub. He is a former ODI Fellow, placed at the Prime Minister’s Office of Albania and the Ministry of Finance of Eswatini, covering areas such as fiscal policy, public financial management, evidence-based policymaking and macroeconomic analysis.

During his undergraduate degree, Nick undertook a placement year in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK government. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS University and a BA in Economics from the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Content by Nick Wilkinson
  • Blog post

    Africa Industrialization Week 2020: Industrial development, trade, and COVID-19

    Following Africa Industrialization Week 2020, we take stock of trends in African industrialisation, as well as look at the ways that COVID-19 has disrupted industries, trade, and supply chains. Each year since 1990, African leaders, key stakeholders, and pan-African organisations meet on the 20th of November to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day (AID), which kicks off...

    24 Nov 2020 | Veronica Masubo, Nick Wilkinson

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    Africa Industrialization Week 2020: Policies for the future

    Accelerating economic transformation and industrialisation is vital to create jobs, raise incomes, and reduce poverty in Africa. Industrialisation and international trade are critical drivers of this process. Combined with recommendations from three industrialisation experts we spoke with, we propose three complementary policy recommendations in advancing these...

    24 Nov 2020 | Veronica Masubo, Nick Wilkinson

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC in conversation with Bogolo Kenewendo

    23 Nov 2020

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    Impact of COVID-19: Firms, jobs, and women’s employment

    Many businesses in the developing world have reopened following the end of lockdown restrictions. However, low demand is dragging on revenues and profitability, slowing any corresponding recovery in labour activity and employment. The nature of the shock means women’s employment is likely to be disproportionately affected, threatening to reverse progress in gender...

    1 Oct 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Impact of COVID-19: Poverty and livelihoods

    The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are stretching far beyond the spread of the disease. Efforts to contain transmission have triggered the worst global economic crisis in a century, devastating the livelihoods of millions. In the developing world, reduced incomes, food insecurity, inadequate education, and increased domestic violence, are all contributing to a...

    30 Sep 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Impact of COVID-19: Health and community

    COVID-19 has upended healthcare systems and derailed non-COVID-19 related treatments. Facing this, traditional and religious leaders, as well as community health workers, are playing a pivotal role. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing healthcare capacity the world over. With poorer facilities and fewer resources across the developing world, public health measures remain...

    28 Sep 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Ideas Matter: Improving private sector performance

    Unleashing the potential of the private sector in developing countries is critical to achieving productive job creation and inclusive growth. Productivity growth - increasing how much output is realised from a given amount of inputs - is one of the main contributors to economic development (Caselli, 2004, Hall and Jones, 1999). One reason for productivity in developing...

    5 Aug 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Remittances in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for growth in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented restrictions on travel, trade, and economic activity, triggering a global economic crisis. Remittances to developing countries are falling sharply as a result. Migrant workers and their families, many dependent on the remittance flows sent from abroad, are expected to suffer acutely. This brief underscores the importance...

    16 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Moussa Saab, Nan Sandi, Laura Sili, Nick Wilkinson, Dean Yang

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    Lockdown without borders: Regional integration and the AfCFTA can drive Africa’s COVID-19 response

    In Africa, regional integration has long been viewed as a catalyst for long-term prosperity. With COVID-19 placing severe strain on economies across the continent, regional coordination can be an effective tool to manage the response and promote post-pandemic recovery. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whilst delayed, has created a platform and dialogue to...

    10 Jun 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Debt relief for pain relief: Public finances and COVID-19 in low-income countries

    As public health systems and economies grind to a halt, it is becoming increasingly clear that the impact of COVID-19 will reverberate throughout the global economy for years to come. Prior to this emergency, multilateral organisations were already warning that debt sustainability in low-income countries was deteriorating. Now, the World Bank and IMF have called on...

    3 Apr 2020 | Nick Wilkinson