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ZHOU Yongmei

Yongmei Zhou

Professor of Practice in Institutional Development of ISSCAD & NSD

Director of Global Partnership of ISSCAD




ISSCAD Doctoral Program: Development Policy Leadership
NSD Program of Economics for Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Policy Engagement



Professor Zhou Yongmei received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999, specializing in new institutional economics and development economics. She worked for the World Bank during 1999-2020. During 1999-2012, she served as a policy and institutional development advisor for government leaders in African and South Asian countries. During 2012-2014, she managed the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group to make the World Bank a more effective development partner in fragile and conflict-affected states. She then served as a Co-director of the "2017 World Development Report-Governance and the Law", the World Bank annual flagship publication. From 2017 to 2020, she was based in Jakarta, Indonesia and led the largest country program in the World Bank on Economics, Finance and Institutions, responsible for an annual program of $1 billion development projects and US $12 million technical assistance on fiscal policy, public financial management, local governance, financial inclusion, and digital development. Since 2020, Prof. Zhou joined the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development as a Professor of Practice in Institutional Development and Director of Global Partnership. Her research interest focuses on policy effectiveness and institutional development.



World Development Report on Governance and the Law, World Bank, 2017.

The First Independent Evaluation of the Backward Region Grant Fund, World Bank, 2010.

Decentralization, Democracy, and Development: Recent Experience from Sierra Leone, editor, World Bank, 2009. Also authored chapter 1, “Introduction,” and co-authored chapter 5, “Civic Engagement in Local Governance.”

“Co-optation Despite Democratization in Ghana,” coauthored with Staffan L. Lindberg, in Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies, ed. Joel Barkan, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.

Building Effective States, Forging Engaged Societies, coauthored with other core members of the Task Force on Africa Capacity Building, World Bank, 2005.

“Emerging Legislatures: Institutions of Horizontal Accountability,” coauthored with Joel Barkan and Ladipo Adamolekun, published in Building State Capacity in Africa: New Approaches, Emerging Lessons, eds. Brian Levy and Sahr Kpundeh, World Bank, 2004.

Corruption and Public Spirit, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1999.

“Comparing State Owned Enterprise Reforms in China and Taiwan,” in Raising International Competitiveness: The Experience of Taiwan, ed. Shunfeng Song and Xinghai Fang, China Economics Press, 1998.

“Public Enterprises and Public Finance in Western Countries,” in Practices of Public Finance in Western Countries, ed. Jun Ma and Kangbin Zheng, China Finance and Economics Press, 1997.