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

    Research reports

  2. The Principled Aid Index: understanding donor motivations

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Which aid donors are the most principled?

  4. The Principled Aid Index explained

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

    Press Release

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

    Other

  7. Managing development agencies: from reform to renewal

    Event

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

  9. Merging development agencies: making the right choice

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Other

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

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

    Other

  13. Resilience in an age of risk

    Event

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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  16. Improving human resource management in development agencies

    Research reports

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

    Event

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

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

    Event

  20. Building resilient development agencies

    Event

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