The global push by donors to help countries overcome the “resource curse” is facing a mid-life crisis.
Director, Accountable Development Finance
Ian Gary directs Oxfam America’s policy, advocacy and program work focused on promoting transparent and accountable financial flows – for example from taxes, foreign aid or oil and mining revenues – to fight poverty and reduce inequality. Previously he was Senior Policy Manager – Extractive Industries, at Oxfam America. He has authored Oxfam's report, Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development (2009) and has co-authored many other reports and papers on the oil and gas sector in the developing world. He has been a leader in the fight to bring more transparency to oil and mining corporate payments to host governments and has been instrumental in the passage and implementation of US legislation requiring payment disclosure.
Gary has testified before Congress and has given presentations at venues including the World Bank, Royal Institute of International Affairs, United Nations, US State Department, and Harvard University. Gary is a frequent commentator in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post Financial Times, BBC, and NPR. He holds an MA in the politics of international resources and development from the University of Leeds.
Prior to joining Oxfam in 2005, Gary held positions with the Ford Foundation, Catholic Relief Services and other international development organizations in the US and Africa. He has conducted field work in more than 20 developing countries.