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.