Harsh Desai

Program Manager

Policy Analysis


I contribute intelligent solutions to help countries develop sustainably.



Harsh is a Program Manager in GIS Analytics and Extractives Policy on the Policy Analysis Unit at AidData. He manages AidData's program with USAID-Cote D'Ivoire to improve data systems for HIV/AIDS tracking throughout the country, as well as AidData's extractives and natural resources portfolio. Previously, he served as a Junior Program Manager on AidData's former Data and Technology team. Harsh obtained his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously served as an independent consultant for AidData, Oxfam Great Britain, and the Overseas Development Institute.   


Dr. Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations, a founder of AidData, and Co-Director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), administrative home of AidData. In total, ITPIR houses five major research projects or centers. Mike served as a Principal Investigator on AidData’s five-year, $25 million cooperative agreement with USAID. His expertise includes international organizations, the role of IR scholars in policymaking, and the development role of the BRICSA countries and their impact on the global development regime. 

Mike teaches on international relations, international organization, and international development. He has published two books: Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance, Oxford University Press, 2008; Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, Cambridge University Press, 2006. He has published articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy, Journal of IR and Development, Politics and Gender, Environment, International Studies Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, and International Politics. Mike holds a PhD in Political Science and Government from UC San Diego, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the College of William and Mary.

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International Relations, International Political Economy, International Development, Foreign Aid, Emerging Powers, Institutional Theory


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