Avani Kapur

SENIOR FELLOW | avani@cprindia.org

Avani Kapur is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and leads the Accountability Initiative at CPR – the largest research group at CPR working towards more Responsive Governance, a public system that is accountable to citizens in spirit and practice.
She has over 13 years of experience in governance, state capacity and public finance. As part of her work, she has been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series analysing the performance of key welfare programmes by the Government of India. She has also led several process and fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and education. Her own interest has been in building evidence to strengthen service delivery with a focus on improving public financial management systems. She has authored several articles, reports, and opinion pieces on state finances, India’s welfare architecture, governance, and accountability.
In 2020, during the COVID 19 pandemic, she co-conceptualised the PULSE4Development platform seeking to bring the development community together to learn, share, and communicate better with each other. The platform hosts more than 80 organisations.
She is a Tech4Good Fellow and part of the WICCI Council of Ethics. As part of her academic work, she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Development Policy and Practice and regular reviewer for Journals such as World Development Perspectives, Journal of Food Security amongst others.
Avani is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the United Kingdom and Smith College Massachusetts, USA



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