Ole Kragh

Ole Kragh


Ole has more than 30 years experience of hands-on management, capacity building and international consultancy, appraisal, design, implementation, review and evaluation of public sector reforms including public financial management (PFM) reforms, decentralisation reforms, and institutional and administrative reforms.

With an M.Sc. in Public Administration, Planning & Finance, Ole has served in several long-term advisory roles with the Decentralisation Secretariat in Uganda (1996-1998); the Local Government Reform Secretariat, President’s Office, in Tanzania (1998-2000); the Directorate of Decentralisation Coordination, Ministry of Regional and Local Government, in Namibia (2004-2009); the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands and Governor’s Office (2009-2010); and the EU’s Support to the National Assembly of Zambia Programme from 2014 to 2018, as a key advisor on building and strengthening the institutional and human capacities of the National Assembly and Parliament.

He is currently the Team Leader of the Decentralisation for Development (D4D III) programme (2018-21) in Zambia. The D4D III is providing technical support to 25 local authorities, the Decentralisation Secretariat under Cabinet’s Office, the Ministry of Local Government and the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute. The programme is financed by the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

From April 2021 to November 2023, he will be the Team Leader of the next phase of the Decentralisation for Development programme (D4D IV) which includes support to local authorities in in the fields of integrated development planning, project management, public participation, revenue enhancement and public financial management.  

Ole has comprehensive capacity building experience acquired through development and implementation of capacity building programmes at Danida's Overseas General Management Course; Danida's Fellowship Centre; and the Local Government Training Centre in Denmark in public administrative and financial reforms. In addition, he has extensive experience in developing guidelines, handbooks and training materials in all aspects of PFM and local government reforms.

Core Areas

  • Public Administration
  • Public Financial Management
  • Capacity Development

Expertise and Services

  • Decentralisation and local government reform design and implementation
  • PFM reform design and capacity development
  • Performance and activity-based budgeting and reporting
  • Central and local government organisational and institutional development

Country Experience

Asia: Bhutan, Nepal
Europe: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Latvia
Latin America: Turks & Caicos Islands
Middle East & North Africa: Lebanon
Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Danish: Native
English: Fluent