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Andrea Costafreda

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Programme Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Oxfam Intermón


Andrea Costafreda is a consultant and lecturer in international development cooperation in the area of democratic governance and aid effectiveness. As a consultant, she has worked for such organisations as the United Nations Development Programme (PNUD), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) and International IDEA. She was also the head of Planning of the Catalan Directorate-General for Development Cooperation. She is currently the technical advisor for the Head of International Relations and Cooperation at the Barcelona City Council. She has published articles, book chapters and working papers and has given talks about the impact of democratisation processes and political institutions on development, especially in Latin America. More recently she has focused on the challenges of aid effectiveness agendas, with particular emphasis on decentralised cooperation.

Background and education

  • DEA in Political Science, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


Research interests

  • democratic governance for development
  • Aid effectiveness and governance of the international cooperation system

Selected publications

  • Costafreda, A; Massot, M; Navarro, M

    2011.The Contribution of Decentralised Cooperation to the Aid Effectiveness Agenda. The Positioning of Catalan Cooperation. Paper presented at HLF4. Busan.
  • Costafreda, Andrea.2006.Del determinismo institucional a la agencia política.In: Aromando, J. (comp.).El desafío de la globalización en América Latina: claves para una interpretación.Argentina:Baudino Ediciones, 2006.
  • Costafreda, Andrea.2005.Determinismo Institucional versus Determinismo Tecnológico: TICs y representación Política en Chile y España..Barcelona:ICPS.
  • Barreda, M; Costafreda, A

    2004.La democracia importa pero no basta para la igualdad.In: Carrillo, F. (Ed.).¿Democracia con Desigualdad?.Washington:Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, 2004.
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