Political economy work is, fundamentally, about analyzing the power dynamics around policy decisions. Similarly, governance and citizen engagement work is, fundamentally, about changing those power dynamics so that those affected by government policy, for instance in education or health, have more of a say in how those policies are designed and implemented.
Preston Whitt is a political economist with regional expertise in Latin America, West Africa, and the South Pacific. He specializes in evaluation and learning and good governance for sustainable development.
Mr. Whitt is a program officer straddling Results for Development’s evaluation and adaptive learning and accountability and citizen engagement practices. He is currently leading an evaluation of the LAUNCH Food innovation program, as part of R4D’s strategic partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange. He also supports the USAID-funded INSPIRES consortium, which is helping local and international actors better understand the most effective approaches for navigating shifts in civic space. R4D is the learning partner helping the consortium gather actionable evidence so that local change-agents can continue their life-saving work, even in times of political crisis.
Mr. Whitt joined R4D in May 2016. Previously, Mr. Whitt spent three years as a research associate at the Open Government Partnership supporting fact-based evaluations of transparency, accountability and civic participation commitments.
Mr. Whitt holds an MA in international economic affairs and a BA, both from George Washington University. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.