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

    Book/book chapter

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

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

    Research reports

  4. The Principled Aid Index: understanding donor motivations

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Which aid donors are the most principled?

  6. The Principled Aid Index explained

  7. Rich countries risk national interest through short-sighted aid policies – ODI research

    Press Release

  8. Donor proliferation to what ends? New donor countries and the search for legitimacy


  9. Managing development agencies: from reform to renewal


  10. China’s new development agency: five expert views

  11. Merging development agencies: making the right choice

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Making good on donors’ desire to 'do development differently'


  13. The rise of new foreign aid donors: why does it matter?

  14. Bilateral donors and the age of the national interest: what prospects for challenge by development agencies?


  15. Resilience in an age of risk


  16. Five steps to smarter multi-bi aid: a new way forward for earmarked finance

    Research reports

  17. Why do countries become donors? Assessing the drivers and implications of donor proliferation

    Research reports

  18. Improving human resource management in development agencies

    Research reports

  19. Doing development differently: two years on, what are we learning?


  20. The impact of India’s sudden ban on high-value banknotes

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