Avani Kapur

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Avani Kapur is a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and director of the Accountability Initiative—a research group that works on strengthening transparency and accountability in governance, aiming to increase citizen engagement in policymaking and implementation. She has spent a decade building evidence to strengthen the governance and delivery of government programmes across education, health, sanitation, and nutrition. Avani is a Tech4Good fellow and an alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.

Articles by Avani Kapur

women in sarees counting money-budget 2023

February 3, 2023
Budget 2023: Capital expenditure grows at the cost of social welfare
Social sector spending falls below 20 percent for the first time since 2009 while capital expenditure increases for the third consecutive year.
Two women heathworkers standing and talking to each other while also holding kids on their lap

February 8, 2022
Budget 2022: A missed opportunity
Rather than increasing investments in social welfare schemes that protected the most vulnerable during the pandemic, Budget 2022 focuses on building infrastructure and capital expenditure.
Two women in sarees, carrying construction materials on their head. The photograph has been clicked from behind. NREGA is crucial to the rural economy of India, especially in 2021 with low yield and poor monsoon

September 1, 2021
NREGA is crucial to rural India in 2021
While it claims to be a demand-based scheme with an elastic budget, NREGA’s failure to support the rural economy in 2021 indicates otherwise.

April 24, 2020
Supporting field workers to combat COVID-19
Field workers are playing a critical role in helping communities access government schemes and services, and we need to invest more in this cadre.
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