Kavya Ghai is a program officer at Results for Development who brings expertise to the health and nutrition financing portfolio. She specializes in collaborating with and strengthening capacity of change agents in countries including Malawi, Ethiopia, South Africa and India to reach common goals around better planning and use of budget and expenditure data to improve nutrition outcomes.
In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Ghai is supporting the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to design and implement a routinized system to track nutrition investments, analyze and use financial data. Under Nutrition International’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition project, she is collaborating with the Department of Nutrition HIV & AIDS in Malawi on several nutrition finance and resource mobilization areas for strengthened implementation of the national nutrition policy.
Ms. Ghai worked 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. With support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Ms. Ghai also led the development and dissemination of a policy brief looking at nutrition budgets and funding gaps in Rajasthan, India.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Ghai worked at Social Impact supporting evaluations of agriculture, social justice and water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Previously, she was an analyst at Amaltas Consulting in New Delhi on several projects including a Nordic Trust Fund/World Bank study that looked at the relationship between experiences of discrimination and socio-economic status of sexual minorities 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.