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Brad Parks

Non-Resident Fellow


Brad Parks is the Executive Director of AidData, a research lab at William & Mary that works with governments and international organizations to improve the ways in which sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated. He leads a team of 35 program evaluators, policy analysts, and media and communication professionals with specialized expertise in tracking underreported financial flows, developing high-frequency and high-resolution measures of development outcomes, using geographically and demographically disaggregated data to support last-mile targeting decisions, designing and implementing geospatial impact evaluations, and fielding large-scale surveys of development policymakers and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to joining AidData, he was part of the initial team that set up the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He oversaw the MCC’s annual country selection process from 2005-2010, and as Acting Director of MCC Threshold Programs he managed the implementation of a $35 million anti-corruption and judicial reform project in Indonesia and a $21 million customs and tax reform project in the Philippines. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has been published in academic and policy journals, including Science, Governance, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the National Interest, and China Economic Quarterly. His book publications include Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance (Oxford University Press, 2008) and A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy (MIT Press, 2006).

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