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Leni Wild

Research Associate

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Leni Wild

Leni is a Research Associate with the Politics and Governance (POGO) programme at ODI. She is a recognised leader on ‘doing development differently’, with particular interests in the politics and management of aid, institutional reform and incentives, and adaptive management.

In recent years, Leni has focused on supporting institutional and organisational change to help aid and development organisations become more adaptive, learning- and context-sensitive in their programme design and delivery.

Leni is an experienced researcher with over fifteen years’ in policy advice and support. She led a programme of work at ODI on the politics of service delivery, that identifies politically smart and adaptive approaches to address governance and accountability constraints to services. She has a particular interest in the health and water sectors, and regularly provides training in political economy methods and context analysis as part of the design of programmes.

She frequently provides policy advice to a range of bilateral and multilateral agencies, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, as well as a number of large international non-governmental organisations. Her country experience includes work in China, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. Leni previously managed education programmes in Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda for a UK-based education charity, and was a Research Fellow for the International Programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), providing tailored policy advice and briefings, with a focus on the UK government.

  1. From political economy analysis to doing development differently: a learning experience

    Research reports

  2. The role and impact of philanthropic and religious schools in developing countries


  3. Evaluation of the NIMD programme, 2011 - 2014: inception study

    Research reports

  4. Doing development differently: breaking the glass ceiling

  5. Forging the services of the future: what can the UK public sector and international development learn from each other?


  6. Doing development differently: Philippines workshop


  7. Theories of Change in international development


  8. Doing development differently: can it be managed?


  9. Online course - Engaging citizens: a game changer for development?


  10. Adapting design, adapting programming


  11. We need to focus on reformers, help donors change, and share what works

  12. Twitter chat: how to be a 'development entrepreneur'


  13. CARE's experience with community score cards: what works and why?

    Research reports

  14. Adapting development: why it matters and 3 ways to do it

  15. Adapting development: improving services to the poor

    Research reports

  16. Adapting development

  17. “Cookie cutter” development policies won’t deliver for the world’s poorest - new report

    Press Release

  18. Will international development in 2015 see radical change, or more of the same?

  19. It's time to rethink how we do development

  20. Doing development differently: Harvard workshop


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