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Smita Nakhooda

Research Fellow

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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 fundamentals 10: gender and climate finance

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Climate finance fundamentals 2: the evolving global climate finance architecture

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Climate finance fundamentals 11: the Green Climate Fund

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Financing climate technology transfer

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Scaling up international support for adaptation: productive safety nets and reimbursable debt service

    Working papers

  6. Financing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): enabling implementation

    Working papers

  7. What counts: tools to help define and understand progress towards the $100 billion climate finance commitment

    Working papers

  8. 10 things to know about climate change and financing for development

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Financing the future we want: climate change and the Addis Declaration

  10. The G7 take on climate finance

  11. Update from Bonn climate talks: country contributions must go further on finance

  12. Making progress on climate finance


  13. After Lima, clarity on climate finance remains elusive

  14. Our verdict on the Lima climate talks – and what needs to happen now

  15. Climate finance: is it making a difference? A review of the effectiveness of multilateral climate funds

    Research reports

  16. 10 things to know about climate finance in 2014

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Climate Finance: What is it worth?


  18. Getting it together: institutional arrangements for coordination and stakeholder engagement in climate finance

    Research reports

  19. Morocco and Mexico are the big winners from international climate funds, while many poor countries are left behind – new ranking EMBARGOED 00.01 GMT DECEMBER 8, 2014

    Press Release

  20. Did Ban Ki-moon's summit deliver on climate finance?

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