©2018 by Alex Martins.

As an independent researcher and consultant, I analyse trends that shape the future of international development. My focus is on the transition from aid relationships to new development partnerships between the Global South and North.  

I’m interested in how these changes are affected by inequity and entrenched power imbalances, and in how the development sector can most effectively address these issues.


My thoughts

A blog exploring power dynamics in international development


My Vision & Mission

Vision: What is the change I want to see? 

I envision an international development order in which equitable collaboration, not imposition, is the norm. I envision a system in which power is equitably distributed, where Southern actors have full agency and control over decisions that affect their lives.

Mission: What is my part in bringing about this change?

  • I will act as bridge-builder and broker between the Global South and North, promoting constructive dialogue and mutual exchanges of learning and experiences.

  • I will use my voice and privilege to put issues of power imbalances, neo-colonialism, racism and sexism higher on the global agenda, and work to ensure they are taken seriously by Northern actors.


My background

Born in South Africa after my parents left Mozambique in the mid-1970s, I grew up between Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, completing my studies in the US and UK. While I don’t have an easy answer to the question ‘Where are you from?', I've come to embrace my undefinable identity. I see my background as an asset, and it drives me to serve as a bridge builder, facilitating exchanges between the Global South and North.

Click here for my full CV. 


My Offering

Political Economy Analysis, Case Studies, Literature Reviews, Systematic Reviews, and more.

For small or large groups, using participatory methods.

Expert advice on planning for donor and NGO exits & transitions


My details

Do get in touch if you want to discuss potential opportunities or if you would like to participate in my research project on power imbalances.

Skype: alexandra.p.martins