Homi Kharas

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Homi Kharas is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.[1]


Kharas began his career at the Brookings Institution in 2005 at the Wolfensohn Center for Development, where he pioneered foreign aid reform analyses measuring the volatility of aid,[2] quality of foreign aid,[3] new players in development, including individuals and foundations, and helped develop the Center's strategy along that of the Global Economy and Development Program. Kharas is a recognized foreign aid expert and has advised donors, foundations and emerging/developing country governments on best practices in the area.

Kharas is principal investigator of a number of grants to Brookings, including the Gates Foundation sponsored, Ending Rural Hunger, Brookings Blum Roundtable to name a few.

He has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron, advising the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda (2012-2013). The report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development[4]” was presented on May 30, 2013, and served as the basis for Sustainable Development Goals discussions.

His most recent co-authored books are: The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015); Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People (Brookings Press, 2013); After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012); Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011); and Delivering Aid Differently (Brookings Institution Press, 2010) . He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on global development policy, global trends, the global food crisis, international organizations, the G20, the DAC and private philanthropy.

He has recently served as a member on the International Panel Review Committee on Malaysia’s economic and governance transformation programs (2012); the post-Busan Advisory Group to the DAC co-chairs (2011); the National Economic Advisory Council to the Malaysian Prime Minister (2009–10); and a member of the Working Group for the Commission on Growth and Development, chaired by Professor A. Michael Spence (2007–10).[5] He was a Non-Resident Fellow of the OECD Development Center (2009).

Before Brookings, Kharas spent 26 years at the World Bank, serving for seven years as chief economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific region and Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Finance and Private Sector Development. Along-with Indermit Gill, he developed the novel concept of 'middle income traps'.

From 1990-1991, Dr. Kharas was a Senior Partner with Jeff Sachs and Associates, advising governments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union on transition.

He holds a Ph D in economics from Harvard University and has an M.A. and B.A. from King's College, University of Cambridge.


  1. ^ Brookings Institution, Fellows, URL: http://www.brookings.edu/experts/kharash
  2. ^ Kharas (2006), Measuring the volatility of aid, Brookings Working Paper, available at: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2008/07/aid-volatility-kharas
  3. ^ Kharas et al, Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA), available at: http://www.brookings.edu/about/programs/global/quoda
  4. ^ United Nations (2013), Post 2015 Development HLPE Report, available at: http://www.post2015hlp.org/the-report/
  5. ^ Commission on Growth and Development, available at: http://go.worldbank.org/LS3NIIIJF0

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