Courtney Tolmie

Courtney Tolmie

Senior Program Director, Results for Development (R4D)
Principal Investigator, Transparency for Development (T4D)
Courtney Tolmie

Courtney Tolmie is a fellow with the Ash Center's Transparency for Development project and a senior program director and the lead for Results for Development’s governance and citizen engagement practice area. As the Transparency for Development program's principal investigator, she manages and co-leads the program design and research activities.

Ms. Tolmie has published three books co-written with colleagues. The first book, Lives in the Balance(with C. Griffin et al), is a large-scale study of how transparency tools are used worldwide. Her subsequent book, From the Ground Up (with S. Kosack and C. Griffin), collects 19 transparency case studies in health services initiated by small grants. The third book, Using PETS to Monitor Project and Small-Scale Programs (with M. Koziol), suggests ways of teaching analytical methods so that, for instance, an expenditure tracking tool (useful for fighting corruption) can be simplified and adapted for use in a rural African district by people without academic training.

Before joining R4D, Ms. Tolmie led research initiatives for several global nonprofit organizations and universities, including Women Thrive Worldwide, the University of Virginia and the University of Venda (South Africa). She also conducted independent research on the role of community health workers in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces in South Africa. She is currently a research fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Tolmie holds an MA in economics from the University of Virginia and a BA in economics from Bowdoin College.