Doctoral researcher, Institute of Development Studies

Lídia Cabral is a social scientist with 15 years of experience working in the field of international development. Her work has focused on public policy-making and development assistance in the agricultural domain, mainly in Africa and Latin America.

Lídia began her career working as an economic adviser for the Mozambican Ministry of Planning and Finance. She subsequently worked as consultant for a range of bilateral and multilateral development organisations across countries, including the African Development Bank, DFID, FAO, IFAD and NEPAD. Her work focused on aid governance, aid to agriculture and agricultural policy processes. Before joining the Institute of Development Studies, Lídia worked as Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.

Her current research focuses on Brazil’s development co-operation in Africa, with focus on how domestic politics shape discourse and practice of co-operation for agricultural development. Her research interests include, the political economy of agricultural policy (particularly in Brazil and Africa), Brazilian development co-operation and foreign policy, South-South co-operation and the changing global aid system.


  • –present
    Research Fellow , Institute of Development Studies