Anju Dwivedi is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Research working in the project, Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI): Sanitation. Her role focuses on managing and supporting the project in Odisha on sustainable Fecal Sludge Management (FSM )systems. This project is called as Project Nirmal that aims at creating decentralized solutions on FSM in small towns of Angul and Dhenkanal in Odisha. She has been associated with the research on ethnography of small towns on urban sanitation and Capacity building for Urban local bodies on Sanitation besides providing support to the project as manager.
Before joining CPR, she has worked with the Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction Project, a partnership between DFID and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation to support the development of pro-poor urban policies in 20 cities across 15 states, with a focus on social development, monitoring and evaluation of housing schemes of the Ministry. She has 25 years of experience in the development sector, in both rural and urban areas and has worked extensively on areas and sectors of local self-government, education, water and sanitation, citizenship, gender, housing and livelihood. She has worked with wide array of stakeholders including National and State government, Local governments- Panchayats and ULBs, Civil Society organisations , poor and marginalised communities in rural and urban India, Local government leaders and has been associated with many multilateral and bilateral projects in India. She is passionate about promoting values and principles on participatory research and has been closely involved with developing participatory monitoring and Evaluation tools, carrying out impact assessments and evaluations of projects, conducting participatory trainings for master trainers in development as well as for youth and community based groups at the grassroots and conducting participatory research.