Dr Nematullah Bizhan, Senior Research Associate, GLF 2014-16
Nematullah Bizhan is a Research Fellow at the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government where he studies the role of identities and networks in establishing state legitimacy and effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected societies. He is also working with the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, a joint initiative of the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the London School of Economics (LSE). Nematullah is also a Senior Research Associate with Oxford University's Global Economic Governance Program, a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. He is a member of the steering committees of both the South Asia in World Politics Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace).
His research focuses on international development, state building and legitimacy in conflict-affected and fragile societies, public policy and political economy. His forthcoming book, Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan: Building and Undermining the State (Routledge), examines post-2001 state building in Afghanistan and how aid has affected it. His recent publications explore state and society interactions, state building, aid effectiveness, public policy, international responses to situations of fragility, and economic cooperation. His opinions have appeared in Project Syndicate, Foreign Policy, ABC, Development Policy Centre’s blog, BBC Persian and 8Sobh Daily. His recent op-ed, A Path to Self-Reliance for Afghanistan, appeared in 27 publications in 9 languages around the world. He is a regular commentator on TV and Radio.
Nematullah has contributed to post-2001 Afghanistan development. He has served as Afghanistan’s Youth Deputy Minister; Founding Director General for Policy and Monitoring of Afghanistan National Development Strategy; head of the Secretariat for the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board; and Director General of Budget at the Ministry of Finance. In these roles, he led and contributed to the development of national priority programs, budget reforms, development cooperation, Afghanistan National Development Strategy, Afghanistan Compact and national monitoring system. As a civil society activist, he has contributed to promoting accountability and civic participation in decision-making processes.
He has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University in Canberra (2014), an MA in Development Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts (2006), and an MD from Ibnsina Medical Faculty in Balkh (2000). Nematullah was a Fellow and Academic Visitor at University College and Balavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, respectively and a Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow (2015-2016), an Australian Leadership Awardee (2009-2013) and a Fulbright Scholar (2005-2006). Born and raised in Afghanistan, he graduated first in his class from school.
Bizhan, N. (2018) Aid and state-building, Part I: South Korea and Taiwan. Third World Quarterly, Volume 38, Issue 5
Bizhan, N. (2018) Aid and state-building, Part II: Afghanistan and Iraq. Third World Quarterly, Volume 38, Issue 5
Bizhan, N. (2017) Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan: Building and Undermining the State (New York: Routledge).
Bizhan, N. (2017). Revenue and State Building in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects, ed. Srinjoy Bose, Nishank Motwani and William Malay (London: Routledge).
Bizhan, N (2016). A Path to Self-Reliance for Afghanistan. Op-ed, Project Syndicate.
Bizhan, N (2016). Reforming Aid Practices: Reinforcing the State Building Process in Afghanistan. GEG Policy Brief.
Nematullah Bizhan (2016). The effects of Afghanistan’s political evolution on migration and displacement. Migration Policy Practice. Volume VI, Number 3.
Bizhan, N. (2015). Continuity, Aid and Revival: State Building in South Korea, Taiwan, Iraq and Afghanistan. GEG Working Paper 2015/109, University of Oxford, Oxford.
Bizhan, N. (2015, July 13) Why Australian Aid Cuts are Harmful for Afghanistan, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, 2015.
Bizhan, N. (2014, December). Five Key Priorities for the London Conference on Afghanistan. Foreign Policy.
Bizhan, N. (2014). Re-engaging in a Fragmented Context: Development Approaches and Aid Modalities in Afghanistan, 2001-2004. In Development in Difficult Socio-political Context of Failed, Fragile and Pariah States, ed. Anthony Ware (Hampshire: Palgrave), 202-223.
Bizhan, N. (2014, September). The Limits of U.S. Aid in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy.
Bizhan. N. (2014, April). Afghanistan’s Presidential Election: Cause for Cautious Optimism. Asian Currents.
Bizhan. N. (2014, November). Beyond the Afghan Election, Asian Currents.
Bizhan, N. (2013). Budget Transparency in Afghanistan: A Pathway to Building Public Trust in the State. Washington: International Budget Partnership.
Halqaih Khabisah Afghanistan, Aqtisad-i Zaayf, Wabastagy-i Maly (the Vicious Circle of Afghanistan, Poor Economy, Financial Dependency and Corruption). BBC Persian, 2012.
Bizhan. N. (2010, February 18). Charlie Wilson's legacy. ABC.
Bizhan. N. (2010, November 6). The Job Isn't Done Yet in Afghanistan. ABC.
Ghani, S. and Bizhan, N. (2009). Contracting Out Government Functions and Services in Afghanistan. In Contracting out Government Functions and Services: Emerging Lessons from Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations, ed. OECD, 97-113.
Bizhan, N (2009). Beyond Armed Stabilization in Afghanistan: Poverty and Unemployment. In Petersberg Papers on Afghanistan and the Region, ed. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, (Princeton: Princeton University), 124-128.
Bizhan. N. (2009, September). Afghan Election-the Game of Momentum. Asian Currents.
Bizhan, N. (2007, Fall), Afghanistan Taqatui-e Jiryanat-e Mantiqa (Afghanistan: The Cross Route of Regional Events). Kabul: Regional Studies Journal of Afghanistan.