Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Public Policy | Political Science | International Development | Writing

Jason Lakin is a lecturer, writer, manager, analyst and capacity builder with over fifteen years of experience in international development, mostly in Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in
Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he taught a seminar on the political economy of health reform. He has taught writing, critical thinking and public policy at Strathmore (Nairobi) and Zayed University (UAE) university level, but also developed and delivered innovative adult education and training. His work focuses on democracy and governance, civil society strengthening and public finance transparency and accountability. In addition to teaching, he is a Senior Technical Public Finance Management Advisor with the Institute of Public Finance in Kenya and a Budget Advisor to the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance. He has experience consulting for the World Bank on civil society strengthening around health budgets, and the World Health Organization on transparency and program budgeting. Lakin started, built and led the International Budget Partnership’s Nairobi, Kenya office (2011-2017), where he was responsible for research, advocacy and capacity building efforts around public finance at national and county level.


The End of Progress Toward Greater Budget Transparency? Findings OBS 2017 (European Public Mosaic, 2018)

Somewhere Along the Bumpy Road: Democratizing Public Finance in Kenya.  Policy Magazine. IEA. (Nairobi, 2016)

Seymour Martin Lipset: Biographical Memoir. (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 2011)

Documents You Can Use: What the OBS 2010 Tells Us. With Harika Masud (Yale Journal of Intl Affairs, 2011)

Public Policy for the Poor? With Gary King, et al (Lancet, 2009)

The End of Insurance? Mexico’s Seguro Popular, 2001-2007.  (Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, 2010)

Mexico’s Health System: More Comprehensive Reform Needed. Perspective (PLoS Medicine, 2009)

How to make budgets work better for health: a practical guide to designing, managing and monitoring programme budgets. Edited with Helene Barroy and Marc Blecher.  WHO (Geneva, 2022)

“The Values of Money.”  Chapter in Yash Ghai, ed., National Values and Principles of the Constitution (Nairobi, 2015)

The Democratic Century. With Seymour Martin Lipset (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004)