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Nilima Gulrajani

Senior Research Fellow

  • Development and Public Finance
Portrait of Nilima Gulrajani

Nilima is a Senior Research Fellow at ODI and Visiting Fellow at King’s College Department of International Development. She has more than 15 years of experience researching bilateral aid organisation and reform, global development architecture, new development actors including Southern providers and corporate philanthropy, and development effectiveness.

Before joining ODI, Nilima was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics where she taught 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.

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

  1. Fixing UN financing: a Pandora’s box the World Health Organization should open

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. To merge or not to merge? Lessons for Germany from Global Britain

  3. Can we better manage donor institutions for tackling global challenges?


  4. Is principled nationalism a new niche for Canada?

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

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


  7. Principled Aid Index 2020

    Working papers

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

    Press Release

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

  10. A proposal for a new universal development commitment


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

    Working papers

  12. DFID and FCO merger: our experts' views

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

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

    Research reports

  15. Tackling aid populism: reflections on Canada and beyond

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

    Working papers

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

    Book/book chapter

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

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

    Research reports

  20. Beyond ‘aid in the national interest’

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