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Mikaela Gavas

Head of Programme - Development Strategy and Finance

Portrait of Mikaela Gavas

Mikaela has over fifteen years of experience in research, policy, advisory and public affairs roles in political and parliamentary environments. She is the Head of ODI’s Development Strategy and Finance programme, comprising horizon-scanning, comparative analytics, agenda-setting, bespoke advisory and evidence-based problem-solving. She has worked as a strategy adviser to governments, including France, Italy, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Switzerland and the UK. 

Mikaela also acts as Specialist Adviser to the UK parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC).



  1. Our collective interest: why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

    Research reports

  2. 10 things to know about EU aid


  3. Europe cannot afford to look inwards in 2014

  4. Friends of Beth and Anna event


  5. Designing the Development Agency of the Future


  6. Why the European Parliament elections matter for international development

  7. Topic guide: blended finance for infrastructure and low-carbon development

    Working papers

  8. Looking beyond 2013: Are Africa-EU relations still fit for purpose?


  9. Communicating the costs and benefits of the EU

  10. Disagreements over aid spending threaten to derail aid in 2014

  11. The review of the European External Action Service: a commentary on the report

    Working papers

  12. EU development cooperation. Where have we got to? What's next?

    Research reports

  13. EU development cooperation change-makers conference. Where have we got to? What's next?


  14. This aid index is useful, but could be better still

  15. European Union development cooperation in fragile states: challenges and opportunities

    Research reports

  16. The European Union and global public goods: challenges and opportunities

    Research reports

  17. European Union balance of competences: development cooperation and humanitarian aid report

    Working papers

  18. EU aid cuts: A short-term approach to a long-term budget

  19. EU Budget must avoid 'senseless and unsustainable' agreement

    Press Release

  20. Reviewing the evidence: how well does the European Development Fund perform?

    Working papers