Professor Louis A. Picard is Professor and former Director of the International Development Division of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh. He served as President of Public Administration Service (2002-2005). His research and consulting specializations include international development, governance, development management, local government, civil society and human resource development. His primary area of interest is Africa and he has had extensive fieldwork in Southern Africa including three years in South Africa. He has worked in the Anglophone East and West Africa, including the Horn, Francophone West Africa and North Africa. He also has research interests and experience in Central America and the Caribbean, South Asia and in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (A.I.D.), the World Bank, the U.S. Information Agency (U.S.I.A.), UNDP, and U.S. Department of State. He is an Associate Member of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance and a member of the NAPA Africa Working Group, a joint initiative of the Social Equity Panel and the International Standing Panel. He has worked for the Academy for Educational Development, Associates for Rural Development, Management Systems International, TransCentury, Creative Associates and Development Alternatives Inc. He has worked as teacher, researcher and consultant in Botswana, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guinea-Conakry, Mexico, Morocco, Lesotho, Mozambique, Pakistan, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Picard has carried out research on regional and district administration in Tanzania, developed the training system for local government in Botswana, and for the last ten years has been working on issues of liberalism, governance and local governance and development management on South Africa. From 1991-1994 Dr. Picard served as a UNDP and World Bank advisor on regional and local government and on public sector Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform in both Ethiopia and Eritrea. He has worked in more than 46 countries, 38 of which are in Africa and the Middle East. His major academic research for the last several years has been on the political transformation in South Africa. He has also carried out research on U.S. foreign aid, security and diplomacy. He is the author or editor of eleven books, more than forty articles and book chapters, and numerous reports.


Selected Projects of Note

  • Team Leader, Assessment of U.S. Agency for International Development Decentralized Governance and Civil Society Program in Ghana, Washington D.C. and Accra Ghana, September, 2003-January, 2004. Six person team of Ghana Professionals and U.S. Agency for International Development Program managers. (Decentralized Governance and Civil Society)
  • Team Member on Institutional Development, Applied Research Project on the Development of a Municipal Fund in the Palestinian Authority, May 1, 2005-June 7, 2005. Ramallah, Palestine (West Bank). World Bank Project, Contracted to PADCO, International, Washington DC.
  • Team Leader (three person team) and Consultant, World Bank, Decentralization and Governance in Guinea. Carried out a stakeholder analysis of the prospects for transition in Guinea (Washington and Conakry), October, 2006-January 2007. Final Report Published in November 2008.
  • Team leader for the United Nations Development Program study on “Human Resource Development and Economic and Social Change, December 2009- Present. Coordinated by the Human Development Index Project, New York, New York.
  • USAID consultant for desk study on decentralization in South Africa. Associates for Rural Development, April-May, 2010. Edited studies on Tanzania, Ghana and Burkina Faso June-August, 2010.
  • Consultant, Political Parties Support in Morocco, Rabat Morocco. May 4-May 31, 2010. Research project carried out by the University of Pittsburgh, 2009-2011 under grant funded by the United States Agency for International Development.
  • Resource Specialist, International Management Institute, Samara Russia. February and June. Research and preparation of Manual on Local Economic Self Governance in Samara, Russia. Sponsored by the Russia and Eastern European Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Publications

  • The Ties That Bind: AFRICOM And U.S. Integration Of Security, Diplomacy And Foreign Aid. Edited book with Terry F. Buss, Joseph Adjaje and Donald Goldstein. (Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press and Mathew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, 2011).
  • With Terry F. Buss, A Fragile Balance, Re-examining the History of Foreign Aid, Security and Diplomacy (Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press, 2009).
  • With Robert Groelsema and Terry Buss, eds. Foreign Aid into the Twenty-First Century: Prospects and Problems (New York: M.C. Sharpe, 2008). Edited book with three chapters by Picard.
  • The State of the State: Institutional Transformation and Political Change in South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa and Edison, NJ: Witwatersrand University Press and Transaction Publishers, 2005/2006). Single authored book.

Substantive Areas

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform
  • Decentralization, Subnational Governance, and Civil Society


  • Africa (North, West, Eastern and Southern including Francophone)
  • Central Asia and the Middle East
  • Eastern Europe and Russia

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