Patrick Guillaumont is the President of the Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (Ferdi).

He is also Emeritus Professor at the Université d'Auvergne, member of CERDI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International) that he founded in 1976, and director of the Revue d'Economie du Développement. He is a member of the European Development Network (EUDN) and Fellow of the Oxford Center for Studies on African Economies (CSAE).

Patrick Guillaumont for many years has been a member of the Committee of Development Policy at the United Nations (CDP) where he has chaired from 1997 to 2009 various expert groups on the identification criteria of the LDCs (Least Developed countries). He has also been a member of many advisory international committees and has worked for various international institutions and foreign governments.

He has published many books and nearly two hundred papers, mainly on development, in a wide set of economic journals, including China Economic Review, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, World Bank Economic Review, World Development, World Economy,…His recent work is mainly about public development assistance, economic vulnerability and the Least Developed Countries, with a new book "Caught in a Trap, Identifying the least developed countries", 2009. Present research is mainly about aid allocation criteria and the effectiveness of special measures for the LDCs (book in preparation "Out of the trap. Supporting the least developed countries").

He received in 1992 the “Prix El Fasi de la recherche francophone”.

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