Rajeev Malhotra

Rajeev Malhotra

Rajeev  Malhotra  bridges  the  world  of  academics  and  policy  making.  Since August 2012, he is Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Development  and Finance, School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR, India. Besides directing an extensive  research  programme  for  his  centre,  he  teaches  at  the  post-graduate programme in public policy.  A development economist and a civil servant with over 30 years of experience, he has worked with the Government of India where until August 2012 he was Economic Adviser to the then Union Finance Minister. From 2002 to 2008, he worked at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and prior to that at the Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.

He has expertise in applying conceptual and empirical analytical skills to study and write on macroeconomic issues in development policy; fiscal policy and budgeting; planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments; poverty estimation and human development; and human rights and  development.  During his work with  the  United  Nations,  he  was responsible  for  leading  the  research  on  human  rights  and  rights  sensitive  development indicators  and  is  recognised  as  an  international  expert  on  that  subject.  He  also  worked  on conceptual  and  operational  framework  for  the  right  to  development  and  rights-based approaches, focusing on policy content and policy coherence for poverty reduction strategies, inclusive development and universal realization of human rights. He has applied this expertise in conceptualising and measuring policy effectiveness in India (India Public Policy Report 2014, OUP), developing human rights indicators (Human

Rights  Indicators:  A  Guide  to  Measurement  and  Implementation,  UN  OHCHR  2012)  and contextualised  a  multidimensional  and  multi-indicator  approach  to  measuring  human development and poverty for India (National Human Development Report, 2002, OUP). He has drafted a monitoring and evaluation framework for UN Country Team’s (UNCTs) human rights mainstreaming activities at country level (UNDG-UNICEF), and reviewed and validated a monitoring framework for the human right to adequate food in Nepal (FAO, Nepal). He has published regularly and contributed to a number of studies for different organisations. His recent publications include:  Economic Theory and Policy  Amidst  Global Discontent, (co-ed.), Routledge, London and New Delhi, 2018; ‘Delivering development and good governance: Making human rights count’, World Bank Legal Review, Vol. 6, February,

2015  India  Public  Policy  Report  2014  (OUP,  2014);  ‘India  @  100:  Giving  wings  to  the lumbering elephant’, Futures: Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, Elsevier 56

(2014) 8-21; and A Critical Decade-Polices for India’s Development (OUP, 2012). 

He  has  been  frequently  engaged  as  a  consultant  with  national  and  international organizations in Asia, Africa and in the South Pacific island countries. He has worked with UNDP, UN OHCHR, UNICEF, UNDG, FAO, UN ESCAP, among others.