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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, the G20 Research Centre at the University of Toronto, and the Canadian International Council.

Nilima is a senior researcher and policy consultant specialising in the governance and management of official development assistance and bilateral development cooperation. She has fifteen years experience teaching, investigating and resolving complex problems of organisational effectiveness in international development

She is a recognised authority on the management of official development assistance and bilateral development cooperation. She regularly responds to international media enquiries on foreign aid, especially its governance and reform.

She is a seasoned senior consultant and evaluator to international organisations, philanthropic foundations and national governments. She is recognised for her ability to translate in-depth research into concrete organisational policies and practices. She has led policy dialogues and steered decision-making at the highest political levels.

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.

Nilima publishes extensively in peer-reviewed, policy and media outlets and currently serves as editor of the journal Public Administration and Development. She obtained her PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Bill Gates Scholar.

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  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