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stephen-browne Director
2015-2018

Stephen Browne is co-founder, Future UN Development System (FUNDS) Project and Senior Fellow, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York.He worked for more than 30 years in different organisations of the UN development system, sharing his time almost equally between agency headquarters and country assignments in three different developing regions. In the 1970s he worked as an economic researcher in Thailand. In the 1980s, he was the humanitarian coordinator in Somalia. In the 1990s, he was the UN Representative, first in newly-independent Ukraine during its early transition, and then in Rwanda during a period of post-conflict reconstruction.More recently he was convenor of the UN system poverty task-force, and focal point in UNDP, New York, for poverty and social policy, finance for development and capacity development. His last UN job was Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva, the city where he now resides.He was trained as an economist at Cambridge and Paris Universities and worked as an economic consultant in London before joining the UN. He has researched, written and published books and articles on aid and development throughout his career. His books include The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Routledge, 2012), The UN Development Programme and System (Routledge, 2011), The International Trade Centre (Routledge, 2011), Aid and Influence (2006, London, Earthscan), Developing Capacity through Technical Cooperation: country experiences (2002, London, Earthscan) (Editor); Beyond Aid: from Patronage to Partnership (1999, London, Ashgate Publishing); Development Challenges in Asia and the Pacific in the 1980s, (1991, Honolulu, East-West Center) (Co-editor), Foreign Aid in Practice(1990, London, Pinter Publishers & New York, NY University Press) and Post-2015 UN Development (London, Routledge, 2014) (Co-editor).