Leni Wild

Leni Wild

Research Associate
Leni is a recognised leader on ‘doing development differently’, with particular interests in the politics and management of aid, institutional reform and incentives, and adaptive management.

Leni Wild is co-Director, along with Ben Ramalingam, of the Global Learning on Adaptive Management initiative, co-funded by USAID and DFID. It aims to support better use of monitoring, evaluation and learning as part of adaptive management delivery, and to increase the use of adaptive management principles more widely.

Leni Wild is an experienced researcher with over fifteen years’ in policy advice and support. She led a programme of work at ODI on the politics of service delivery, that identifies politically smart and adaptive approaches to address governance and accountability constraints to services. She has a particular interest in the health and water sectors, and regularly provides training in political economy methods and context analysis as part of the design of programmes.

She frequently provides policy advice to a range of bilateral and multilateral agencies, including DFID and the World Bank, as well as a number of large INGOs. Her country experience includes China, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. Leni previously managed education programmes in Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda, for a UK-based education charity, and was a Research Fellow in the International Programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), providing tailored policy advice and briefings, with a focus on the UK government.



Media coverage

Leni is a regular commentator on governance and service delivery issues. Her blogs have been published in the Guardian, Open Democracy, New Statesman and other major international media outlets.