Øyvind Eggen is an expert on aid effectiveness, and the effects of aid formal and informal governance arrangements, institutions and power relations in African states. He has also specialized in international development discourse and policies, the global aid architecture, and evaluation methodology.
Initially trained as a social anthropologist, Eggen holds a PhD in development studies based on field work in Malawi and has carried out research and consultancies in many other African countries. He has been working as senior researcher at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and as Policy Director for evaluation at Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad); in the latter position working under a mandate to evaluate any activity financed by the Norwegian aid budget.
His research also builds on broad experience from management positions and consultancies for development agencies. Eggen is also among the most active participants in public debate on aid and development in Norway. He is author of ‘Western aid at a Crossroads: The End of Paternalism’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).