Smita's research focuses on international finance to support developing countries to respond to climate change.
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).
Smita Nakhooda has extensive knowledge of international climate finance. Smita has appeared in, for example, The Guardian, Daily Mail and Taipei Times.
- 28 September 2015, The Guardian9 September 2015
- 16 July 2015, Thomson Reuters Foundation (trust.org)15 June 2015, Devex
- 11 June 2015, Devex28 May 2015, Thomson Reuters Foundation (trust.org)
- 16 December 2014, The Guardian15 December 2014, SciDev.Net: Science and Development Network
- Billions in UK green aid goes to booming nations: World's poorest countries 'left behind' as at least £1.6bn from Britain goes to economies including India and Brazil12 December 2014, Daily Mail12 December 2014, Forbes
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