Astrid R.N. Haas’s central interest and passion is evidence-based policy making, particular on the issue of efficient and good quality public service delivery. This is due to the fact she is a firm believer that all people are entitled to, at the very least, a basic standard of livability. In her position as a Country Economist for Uganda and South Sudan at the International Growth Centre (IGC), she works with the governments of both countries to address these questions through research. Her current portfolio spans projects from inter-governmental fiscal transfers to education, poverty dynamics and urbanisation. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked for the research NGO Innovations for Poverty Action as the interim deputy country director for Uganda as well as a programme manager for Evidence Action. At the latter organisation, she started up and managed a programme that grew to serve over 650,000 Ugandans with safe water. She has also worked as an analyst on a large-scale agriculture project in South Sudan and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow in the Ministry of East African Community in Kenya focusing on the EAC common market and monetary union negotiations. Her international experience further includes Rwanda, Malawi, Senegal, the US, the UK, Italy, Spain and Austria. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, with a year abroad at the Universidad Carlos III.