Jonathan Glennie

Jonathan Glennie

Independent writer/researcher

Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in international development, from building campaigns and running NGOs, to managing cross-country research projects and advising on high-level strategy and policy. A well-known analyst and commentator, he is an expert on development cooperation, including impact and results, the role of the private sector and sustainability.

Most recently, he was Director, Sustainable Development Research Centre at Ipsos where he was responsible for leading the expansion of global business into the international development sector. Previously, he was Director of Policy and Research at Save the Children and Senior Research Fellow at ODI.

He has also written two books on aid.


Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon
14 December 2020
This new approach builds on the best of the traditional understanding of aid, as well as the main critiques of it, and responds to the new global reality we all face. 
Crowd of people composing a world map
7 December 2020
While we need solid emergency leadership in the short term to respond to Covid-19, we need visionary thinking as well, to build a new idea like a global public.

Conference sessions

Lead strand

Leading thinkers on aid and development go beyond the critiques of aid to share bold and ambitious visions on how to do aid differently.  



Wed, 05/26/2021 - 10:30 to 11:15
Connect strand

Interrogate the dynamics and structures that perpetuate the imbalance of power, resources and funds between northern and local organisations.



Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:15 to 15:30
Influence Session
Influence header

With the space for civil society closing down around the world, this session will look at new ways to defend civil society.



Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:15 to 15:45