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Neil Bird

Senior Research Fellow

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Neil Bird

Neil Bird's current research focuses on environmental policy and the international funding mechanisms that are being put in place to address climate change in aid-receiving countries. This work complements earlier research on aid architecture, national budgetary processes and sector policy for environment and natural resources.

Governance has been a long-standing theme in much of Neil’s work. He has been involved in a number of studies that have examined transparency and accountability in decision-making within the forest sector. He has also contributed to improvements in regulatory systems, having worked on forest law and regulations, the rationalisation of timber licensing and the development of forest certification.

Neil trained as a forester and has almost twenty years of experience as a development professional. Prior to joining ODI, Neil worked as a long-term adviser within several forest departments, most recently in Guyana (1999 to 2002) and prior to that in Belize (1992 to 1998) and Ghana (1988 to 1991).

BSc (Forestry), MSc (Forestry and its Relation to Land Use).

  1. Climate finance fundamentals 1: the principles and criteria of public climate finance (2017 update)

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Climate finance: effective spending and the challenge of leaving no one behind

  3. Budgeting for NDC action: initial lessons from four climate-vulnerable countries

    Working papers

  4. The Paris climate commitments: propositions for national action

    Event

  5. 10 propositions for success: integrating international climate change commitments into national development planning

    Working papers

  6. Trump’s climate move will put rich and poor countries at odds

  7. Six development finance proposals to expand climate investment

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. An annotated bibliography of ODI development studies in Uganda

    Other

  9. How to develop a country engagement strategy: the Overseas Development Institute's experience

    Working papers

  10. The principles and criteria of public climate finance: a normative framework

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Public spending on climate change in Africa: experiences from Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda

    Research reports

  12. African countries spending to meet the Paris climate promise

  13. National monitoring approaches for climate change public finance

    Research reports

  14. Domestic finance and climate learning key to Ghana's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution

    Event

  15. Recommendations to bridge the funding gap for climate financing in Ethiopia

    Research reports

  16. Climate finance fundamentals 1: the principles and criteria of public climate finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Informing REDD+ policy: an assessment of CIFOR's Global Comparative Study

    Research reports

  18. Scaling up international support for adaptation: productive safety nets and reimbursable debt service

    Working papers

  19. Climate change finance in Ghana

    Research reports

  20. Disbursements of international climate finance to Tanzania, 2010-2013

    Working papers