Richard Carey

Senior Fellow


Richard Carey is a former OECD Director of Development Cooperation, supporting the role of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). During his career at the OECD (1980-2010) he led work on a wide range of development cooperation issues and played a key role in the conceptual work and international collaboration leading to the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals.

He has led many missions to observe aid delivery process issues in developing countries and forged a close relationship between the OECD and the UN Economic Commission for Africa on mutual accountability processes. In 2009 he was founding co-Chair of the China-DAC Study Group. Currently, Richard Carey is a Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor of the African Centre for Economic Transformation, working on the modernisation of infrastructure project cycles in Africa. He also chairs the International Advisory Committee of the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN) and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of CISSCA/BRIAC (China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture/China Belt and Road Institute for Agricultural Cooperation).

He is a member of the team that published a history of the OECD Development Assistance Committee in September 2021 . A New Zealand citizen resident in Paris, he holds a BA(Hons) degree from Victoria University of Wellington and an MSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics. In his early career at the New Zealand Treasury he headed the infrastructure investment and policy unit, before appointment as New Zealand’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the OECD in 1977.