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Nilima Gulrajani

Senior Research Fellow (on sabbatical)

Development and Public Finance

Portrait of Nilima Gulrajani

Nilima is a Senior Research Fellow at Overseas Development Institute and Visiting Fellow at King’s College Department of International Development. She is a recognised authority on the management of official development assistance, as well as the strategic governance of bilateral development agencies.

Before joining ODI, Nilima was Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she taught international public management and global development. She has also previously worked as an international economist within the International Trade and Finance Group at the Canadian Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre. She has Board-level experience at international charity Integrity Action, and is a seasoned senior consultant and evaluator to international organisations, philanthropic foundations and national governments.

Nilima has published at the intersection of public management, development and global governance in leading peer-reviewed journals, and regularly responds to international media enquiries. She currently serves on the editorial board of peer-reviewed journal Public Administration and Development. Nilima obtained her BA in Economics from McGill University and her PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar.

  1. Is principled nationalism a new niche for Canada?

  2. Principled aid in divided times: three worrying trends for global development

  3. The future of diplomacy: G20 in a Covid era


  4. World's wealthiest increasingly putting national interest before altruism when allocating aid

    Press Release

  5. Principled Aid Index 2020

    Working papers

  6. What comes next after the UK abolishes its aid department

  7. A proposal for a new universal development commitment


  8. Post-merger development governance in the UK: a preliminary cross-national investigation of Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors

    Working papers

  9. DFID and FCO merger: our experts' views

  10. How Covid-19 can change incentives for development cooperation

  11. The new development diplomacy in middle-income countries: the changing role of traditional donors in India

    Research reports

  12. Tackling aid populism: reflections on Canada and beyond

  13. Donors in transition and the future of development cooperation: what do the data from Brazil, India, China and South Africa reveal?

    Working papers

  14. Aid and power politics: donorship in a state of flux

    Book/book chapter

  15. Moving beyond the North-South impasse in global development: three reasons for optimism

  16. Fit for fragility? An exploration of risk stakeholders and systems inside Sida

    Research reports

  17. Beyond ‘aid in the national interest’

  18. The Principled Aid Index explained

  19. Which aid donors are the most principled?

  20. The Principled Aid Index: understanding donor motivations

    Briefing/policy papers