Our work in Rajasthan was among the first efforts to estimate multi-sectoral nutrition financing and provide department-specific recommendations. We disseminated the brief at an event attended by the Rajasthan state health minister and senior bureaucrats from various departments involved with nutrition issues — one of the first events where multiple agencies came together to talk about nutrition at the state level.”
As an R4D senior program associate working on health and nutrition, Kavya Ghai brings expertise to R4D’s resource tracking portfolio examining health and nutrition investments that help national and state governments monitor expenditures and improve budget planning.
In partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, she led the development and dissemination of a policy brief looking at nutrition budgets and funding gaps in India’s Rajasthan state. She also works on USAID’s Health Financing and Governance project in South Africa, supporting resource tracking activities to capture HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis program spending by government and donors such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund, for which she organized a workshop in Johannesburg with the South African Department of Health and local researchers to share methodologies for joint expenditure analysis. Additionally, Ms. Ghai led a literature review for Grand Challenges Canada’s “Saving Brains” portfolio to understand the impact of early childhood stimulation interventions on cognitive development of different groups of children, producing a brief with findings to help measure the impact of investments in early childhood education.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Ghai worked at Social Impact supporting evaluations of agriculture, social justice and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs. Previously she was an analyst at Amaltas Consulting in New Delhi on several projects including a World Bank study that looked at the relationship between experiences of discrimination and socio-economic status of sexual minorities in India. Currently she is a volunteer at TalentNomics, Inc in Washington, DC, a nonprofit working to bridge the global gender pay gap, and has volunteered with community organizations working on health and education in India.
Ms. Ghai holds an MA in development studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and a BA in economics from St. Xavier’s College, also in Mumbai. She speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi.