My name is Dan Rogger. I am a PhD student at the Economics Department of University College London, and a PhD scholar of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. I am also an associate researcher for the Department for International Development, UK.
My fields of interest revolve around the determinants of public service delivery efficiency and effectiveness in the developing world. These are described in detail on my 'Research' page.
I am also interested in bridging the gap between research and policy in a rigorous and practically useful way. My activities in this area are described on my 'Policy' page.
Development organisations I work with
I continue to support Dakshinayan, the Indian health and education organisation I volunteered for in 2001. If you would like to volunteer with Dakshinayan, see the 'Volunteer in India' page on the web site. It is a fantastic place to better understand village life in India. If you are a school/university and would like to offer information to your students on Dakshinayan, let me know and I can send you some materials.
I also support GROW Nigeria, a church-based social protection project. If you would like to make a contribution to GROW's work, please get in touch and I can help you do this. If you are interested in volunteering for GROW, contact me, and I will put you in touch with the manager of the project.
Both of these organisations are worthy, grass-roots initiatives run by local people.
Interdisciplinary Society for International Development
I am the Convenor of the UCL Interdisciplinary Society for International Development (ISID). ISID is based at the Graduate School of UCL. It aims to provide a platform for UCL researchers with an interest in international development to engage with other disciplines from across the university. We have three meetings a year and all are welcome.
Letters to my generation
My non-economics interests are first and foremost philosophy. My blog aims to present my beliefs on how to live contemporary life in a philosophical way (or how I have tried to confront some of the challenges I face on an everyday basis). Each Sunday I aim to write a short piece on a topic of note from the week gone by.
The 'Siamese Crocodile' or 'Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu' is a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol. As you may have noticed, it appears throughout this web site. Its literal translation is 'the siamese crocodiles have one stomach yet they fight over food when eating'. It closely represents my understanding of how society works. More information on Adinkra culture, symbols, and the Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu is available here.
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