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Professor Robert Picciotto

Visiting Professor

Robert Picciotto
Tel: +44 (0)20 7937 2404


Robert Picciotto, Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College, London previously served in its Department of War Studies where he taught Conflict Prevention and Peace Building at the MA level. A member of the Academy of Social Sciences, he is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique (France) and of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University).


A former member of the United Kingdom Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact (2006-2010), Robert Picciotto serves on the executive boards of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society and the European Evaluation Society. In the World Bank Group, which he joined in 1962, he initially worked as a development bank specialist in the International Finance Corporation. Next he spent three years in the India Resident Mission following which he headed the Agricultural Industries Division and the Bangladesh Land and Water Development Program. He subsequently held senior management positions including Director, Projects Department in three Regional Offices (South Asia; Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean). Starting in 1988 he directed the World Bank’s budget department and was promoted to Vice-President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting in 1990. In 1992, he was selected to become Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group a post which he occupied for two successive five year terms, reporting directly to the board of executive directors.  

Recent Activities

Since retiring from the World Bank in 2002, Robert Picciotto has provided senior independent evaluation advice to the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environment Facility, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development, the North-South Institute and Wilton Park, a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office autonomous body. He is a trustee of the International Association for Digital Publications and was recently appointed to evaluation advisory panels assembled by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Books and Special Issues

Robert Picciotto and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Editors, Conflict Prevention and Development Cooperation in Africa, Special Issue: Conflict, Security and Development, Volume 10, Number 1, Routledge, March 2010 

Robert Picciotto, Funmi Olonisakin, Michael Clarke with a foreword by Sir Lawrence Freedman, Global Development and Human Security, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2007

Robert Picciotto and Rachel Weaving, eds., Security and Development: Investing in Peace and Prosperity, London, Taylor and Francis, 2005

Robert Picciotto and Rachel Weaving eds., Impact of Rich Countries’ Policies on Poor Countries, Transaction Publishers, 2004

Robert Picciotto and Ray Rist, eds. Evaluation and Development, Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 1995.

Robert Picciotto and Eduardo Wiesner eds., Evaluation and Development: The Partnership Dimension, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1998

Robert Picciotto, Warren van Wicklin and Edward Rice, eds. Involuntary Resettlement, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2001

Osvaldo N. Feinstein and Robert Picciotto, eds. Evaluation and Poverty Reduction, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2001

Nagy Hanna and Robert Picciotto, eds. Making Development Work, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2002

Book Articles

Robert Picciotto, Where is development evaluation going? in R.Rist, M.H, Boily and F. Martin, Influencing Change: Building Evaluation Capacity to Strengthen Governance, The World Bank, Washington DC, 2011

Robert Picciotto, Evaluation and the Disciplines in Development, in Jos Vaessen and Frans L. Leuuw, eds, Mind the Gap: Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2010

Robert Picciotto, Evaluation Governance and Planning, in International Encyclopedia of Education 3rd Edition, edited by Eva Baker, Penelope Peterson and Barry McGaw, Elsevier 2010.

Robert Picciotto, Evaluating Climate Change and Development, in R.D. van den Berg and O. Feinstein, World Bank Series on Development, Vol. 8, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2009

Robert Picciotto, Development Effectiveness: An Evaluation Perspective, in George Mavotras and Mark McGillivray, Development Aid: A fresh look, United Nations University, Palgrave, 2009

Robert Picciotto, Evaluating Development: Is the country the right unit of account? in Marco Segone Editor, Country-led monitoring and evaluation systems: Better evidence, better policies, better development results, UNICEF, 2009

Robert Picciotto, Fostering Development in a Global Economy, A Whole of Government Perspective, Paris, OECD, 2005 (Introduction and Chapter 5)

Robert Picciotto, The Logic of Partnership, Evaluation and Development: The Partnership Dimension, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2004

Robert Picciotto, Scaling Up: A Development Strategy for the New Millenium, Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, Paris, 2003

Robert Picciotto,State-Market Relations in a Changing Global Order, C. Roe Goddard, Patrick Cronin, and Kishore C. Dash, editors, 2nd Edition, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003

Robert Picciotto, Personal Reflections on the Policy Dialogue, Inclusion, Justice and Poverty Reduction, Villa Borsig Workshop Series, German Foundation for International Development, Development Policy Forum, 1999

Robert Picciotto, Evaluation in the World Bank: Antecedents, Concepts and Concepts, Evaluation for the 21st Century, E. Chelimsky and W. Shadish, Sage Publications, London and Thousand Oaks, California, 1997

Robert Picciotto, Putting Institutional Economics to Work: From Participation to Governance, Institutions and Economic Development, Edited by Christopher Clague, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997

Robert Picciotto, Visibility and Disappointment, Rethinking the Development Experience, Lloyd Rodwin and Donald A. Schon, eds., Brookings and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Washington D.C. and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994

Other Published Papers and Articles

Robert Picciotto, Experimentalism and Development Evaluation: Will the Bubble Burst? Evaluation, 1-17, Sage Publications, April 2012

Robert Picciotto, The Multilateral Dimension of Development Effectiveness, North South Institute, Ottawa, Canadian Development Report, 2011

Robert Picciotto, The Logic of Evaluation Professionalism, Evaluation 17 (2), Sage Publications, April 2011

Robert Picciotto, Book Review: Does Foreign Aid Really Work? and Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics in Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 21, number 4, Winter 2007

Robert Picciotto, Book Review Symposium: The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly, Development Policy Review, 2007, 25 (2), Blackwell, Oxford, 2007.

Robert Picciotto, Development Evaluation and the European Project, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento Economia Politica e Aziendale, Working Paper. 2006-24, October 2006.

Robert Picciotto, Development Effectiveness at the Country Level, German Development Institute, Bonn, August 2006.

Robert Picciotto, Facing Reality after Cancun, Georgetown Journal of International Relations, 2004

Robert Picciotto, The Global Dimensions of Development, Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Volume IV, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2003

Robert Picciotto, Banking on Reform, Foreign Affairs, January/February, 2002

Robert Picciotto, Towards an Economics of Evaluation, Evaluation, Sage Publications, January 1999

Robert Picciotto, The Logic of Mainstreaming, Evaluation, Volume 8, Number 3, Sage Publications, London and Thousand Oaks, Ca, 2002

Robert Picciotto, Poverty Reduction and Institutional Change, Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Winter/Spring 2000

Robert Picciotto, Let’s improve assistance to keep the wide world on board, International Herald Tribune, August 27, 1999

Robert Picciotto, Reconsidering Agricultural Extension (with Jock R. Anderson), World Bank Research Observer, August 1997

Working Papers

Robert Picciotto, Development Cooperation and the Monterrey Challenge, Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2002

Robert Picciotto, What is Education Worth? Human Development Working Paper, World Bank, Washington D.C., 1996

Robert Picciotto, Putting Institutional Economics to Work, World Bank Discussion Paper 304, Washington D.C., September 1995

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