Russell Wildeman is currently the Programme Manager of the Economic Governance Programme and the Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in Africa.
He has been with IDASA since 2000, first joining the organization in his capacity as an education researcher, where his main focus involved examining education finance issues and the implementation of key sectoral policies targeted at the poor. Apart from his interests in the South African education system, he is presently overseeing the implementation of a six-country project in Southern, East and West Africa that deals with the right of access to information and the right to education. His own research interests focuses on the notion of effective schools and the implementation of public finance frameworks in post-apartheid South Africa.
Mr. Wildeman holds a Masters in Political Management (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His academic background is in the field of political behaviour and research methodologies.