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Smita Nakhooda

Research Fellow

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<p>Smita&#39;s research focuses on international finance to support developing countries to respond to climate change.</p>

Smita Nakhooda is a leads ODI's work stream on climate finance, and is an expert on climate change and energy policy in developing countries. She currently advises various international organisations and governments on climate finance issues.


She was previously a Senior Associate in the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute, where she led programmes to stregnthen governance of electricity in major developing countries, and on the environmental impacts of development finance. She also developed work to stregnthen governance of forests in the context of global efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. In 2010 she was a Senior Research Associate of Idasa, an African democracy institute based in South Africa, working with civil society and independent research institutions to inform and influence emerging policies and plans in the electricity sector. Earlier in her career she worked on rural electrification in East Africa with the United Nations Development Program.


Smita holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and a BA in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College (USA).

  1. Climate finance: a few fundamentals for 2013

  2. Our Shared Future: implementing the sustainable development, climate change and humanitarian summit agendas

    Working papers

  3. Climate finance fundamentals 2016


  4. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2016

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Climate finance briefing: gender and climate finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Climate finance briefing: the global climate finance architecture

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. What does Brexit mean for UK climate action?

  8. Adaptation finance and the infrastructure agenda

    Working papers

  9. The AIIB and investment in action on climate change

    Working papers

  10. Climate finance: what was actually agreed in Paris?

  11. Climate finance: how are dedicated climate funds progressing towards impact?

    Research reports

  12. Paris climate summit: better finance, greater ambition

  13. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2015

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Climate finance fundamentals 3: adaptation finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Climate finance fundamentals 4: mitigation finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Climate finance fundamentals 5: REDD+ finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Climate finance fundamentals 6: Latin America

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Climate finance fundamentals 7: Sub-Saharan Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Climate finance fundamentals 8: Asia

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Climate finance fundamentals 9: Middle East and North Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

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