Michael Halderman

Dr. Halderman has been an independent consultant based in Berkeley, California, since receiving a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987.  Before entering graduate school, he spent 6 years working and carrying out research in Eastern Africa and 4 years working with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, as Personal Assistant to the Director and as Research Officer.  His current work and research interests include policy, institutional and implementation issues related to poverty reduction, rural development, civil society, democracy, governance, women’s issues, environmental factors, drought management, conflict mitigation and international trade (Doha Round).  He has consulted for the World Bank, several UN organizations (FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNRISD), bilateral development agencies (Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, United States) and European NGOs.  When working for UNRISD, he was responsible for the Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania) section of UNRISD’s multi-disciplinary research project on Famine-Risk and Famine- Prevention in the Modern World.

Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley