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Nilima Gulrajani

Senior Research Fellow

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. Which aid donors are the most principled?

  2. The Principled Aid Index: understanding donor motivations

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Press Release

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


  5. Managing development agencies: from reform to renewal


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

  7. Merging development agencies: making the right choice

    Briefing/policy papers

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


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

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


  11. Resilience in an age of risk


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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  14. Improving human resource management in development agencies

    Research reports

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


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

  17. Smarter aid allocation: looking across the multilateral-bilateral spectrum


  18. Building resilient development agencies


  19. Reforming donors in fragile states: using public management theory more strategically

    Research reports

  20. Bilateral versus multilateral aid channels: strategic choices for donors

    Research reports