Paola Adriázola is Senior Advisor at adelphi. She brings ten years of international development experience from her work on climate policy, climate and security, and natural resource governance in the Global South. Paola firmly believes that to thrive and build resilience, we must advance partnerships and bridges between branches of knowledge and sectors. Two core questions at the heart of her work are: How can we build a constructive environment across governance levels to reach policies for resilience? And how can government and non-governmental programmes learn from the past to improve future policy design?
Paola regularly advises international clients on these questions. Her work supports the use of assessment methods and evidence-based advice to inform decisions by ministries, the European Commission, international NGOs and others. She has conducted several evaluations and authored more than 30 studies analysing different aspects of bilateral and multilateral development measures.
Currently, Paola leads a team and international consortium implementing V-LED, a multi-year project supported by the German Environment Ministry as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). This work is grounded on the conviction that local governments are crucial to addressing climate change. In cooperation with partners on the ground, she works to support climate mitigation and adaptation actions by municipalities, and their integration into national strategies, in Kenya and South Africa.
From 2007 to 2009, Paola was the Americas Associate at Human Rights Watch, where she worked directly with the division’s director supporting human rights advocacy in Latin America. She also worked as a young professional with the GIZ in South Africa, focusing on multi-level financial governance. During her studies, she worked at UNICEF in her native Bolivia, and at the UNDP Human Development Report Office in New York, where she authored the eight reasons for governments to act on water and sanitation for the 2016 global report “Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis”.
Paola is a former fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School and two bachelor’s degrees with distinction in political science and journalism from the University of Kansas. She is Capacity WORKS certified.