Africa and Middle East

Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte




Head of Unit, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Research Topics
Africa's Development
Trade, Aid for Trade
Private Sector Development / Phone: +33 1 45 24 82 85




On the tail of his initial training in Corporate Management, HB Solignac-Lecomte spent several months in the suburban areas of Yaoundé and Dakar, which prompted him to turn to development economics. His PhD from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) brought him back to Africa to study the combination of factors of production in small firms. In 1992, HBSL became a research assistant at the OECD Development Centre, working on institutions, the informal sector, China’s integration in the world economy, financial intermediation and EU trade policies. Later, as a joint appointment of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM, Maastricht) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI, London), he focused his research on the trade policies of developing countries and related capacity building, as well as on development co-operation between Europe and Africa. In particular, he monitored the renegotiation of the trade agreements between Europe and the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries over 1997-2000. He returned to the Development Centre in 2001 and worked with Management to set up a team responsible for the impact of research through networks, policy dialogue and an Innovation Lab.



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Selected Publications


> Nicolas Pons-Vignon & H.B. Solignac Lecomte, 2004, "Land, Violent Conflict and Development", OECD Development Centre Working Paper No.233, Paris:OECD, see:
> Mc Donnell, I., H.B. Solignac Lecomte and L. Wegimont, 2003, "Public Opinion Research, Global Education and Development Co-operation Reform: In Search of a Virtuous Circle", OECD Development Centre Working Paper No.222, Paris:OECD
> Solignac Lecomte, H.B., 2003, "Building Capacity to Trade: What are the Priorities?", OECD Development Centre Working Paper No.223, Paris:OECD
> Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte, Ida Mc Donnell, Liam Wegimont, 2003, Public Opinion and the Fight against Poverty, Development Centre Studies, Paris:OECD
> Solignac Lecomte, H.B. and Smillie Ian, 2003, Ownership and Partnership: What Role for Civil Society in Poverty Reduction Strategies?, Development Centre Studies, Paris:OECD
> Maton, J., avec H.B. Solignac Lecomte, 2001, Congo 1965-1999 : les espoirs déçus du "Brésil africain", Document de travail No. 178, Centre de Développement de l’OCDE, Paris:OCDE.
> Solignac Lecomte, H.B., 2001, Effectiveness of Developing Country Participation in ACP-EU Negotiations, ODI Working paper, London:ODI.
> Solignac Lecomte, H.B., 2001, Trade Capacity Development: A Road Map for Donors - Lessons from Africa and the Caribbean, ECDPM Discussion Paper No. 33, Maastricht:ECDPM-ODI.
> Berthélemy, J.C. and L. Söderling, with J.M. Salmon and H.B. Solignac Lecomte, 2001, Emerging Africa, OECD Development Centre, Paris:OECD.
> Solignac Lecomte, H.B., 2000, "Globalisation, Freer Trade And Poverty: What Do We Know?", paper presented at ODI's sixth session of its meetings' series on The Agenda for Global Institutional Reform: Next Steps for Developing Countries, 24 May.
> Bossuyt, J., H.B. Solignac Lecomte and K. van Hove, 2000, "EU Coherence in Trade, Conflict Management and Common and Foreign Security Policy", Relief and Rehabilitation Network Newsletter No. 16, March, London:ODI. (
> Bussolo, M. and H.B. Solignac Lecomte, 1999, "Trade Liberalisation and Poverty", ODI Poverty Briefing No.6, London:ODI.

> Maxwell, S. & H.B. Solignac Lecomte, 1997, "The Future of Lomé: Time for A Political Project", in International Development Committee, Renegotiation of the Lomé Convention, Vol. II, House of Commons, London:HMSO.
> Fukasaku, K. & Solignac Lecomte, H.B., 1996, “Economic Transition and Trade Policy Reform: Lessons from China”, in Different Approaches to Market Reform: A Comparison Between China and the CEECs, Paris:CEPR/CEPII/OECD Development Centre. [also published as OECD DEV Working Paper No.112].
> Morrisson, C., H.B. Solignac Lecomte & X. Oudin, 1994, Micro-enterprises and the Institutional Framework in Developing Countries, OECD Development Centre, Paris:OECD.



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