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Outside Professional Activities For Michael Walton
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. CPR is an independent and non-partison research institute and think tank. I have been Senior Visiting Fellow there since 2007, working on a number of policy and research areas on India, including urban issues, social accountability and India's political settlement. This is an unpaid position.
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Manchester University, UK. This is a centre focused on the political economy of state behavior and development, notably in a project funded by the the UK's Department for International Development. I have been involved in the broader group working on these issues, and have been commissioned, on a consultancy basis, to prepare papers on the politics of service delivery and state business relations.
Asian Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines. ADB is a regional multilateral development bank. I have been commissioned, on a consultancy basis, to co-author a paper on issues relating to India's rights-based welfare approach and social accountability.