Kevin Watkins


Kevin Watkins is the chief executive of Save the Children UK. He joined the Overseas Development Institute as executive director in June 2013. He is a former nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and was previously director and lead author of the U.N.'s Human Development Report And the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Before joining the U.N., he worked for 13 years at Oxfam. He is a visiting professor of international development at the London School of Economics and senior visiting fellow at Oxford University's Global Economic Governance Program.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Building public confidence in aid by putting the poorest first
1 Dec 2016

The U.K. Department for International Development's newly released Multilateral Aid Review emphasizes getting the most out of U.K. contributions to development. But that narrative risks losing public support for Britain's longstanding commitment to helping the world's neediest, writes Save the Children's Kevin Watkins.

What would Brexit mean for UK aid and trade?
15 Jun 2016

In this second installment of Brexit commentary from Kevin Watkins — executive director of the Overseas Development Institute and recently appointed head of Save the Children U.K. — Watkins explores the trade and foreign policy implications for Britain's aid strategy in the event the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

What would a Brexit mean for EU development assistance?
6 Jun 2016

What are the implications of the United Kingdom's referendum on EU membership for international development? Kevin Watkins, executive director of the Overseas Development Institute, addresses that question in a two-part contribution to Devex. Today, we publish Part I, which looks at development assistance.