In conversation with Urvashi Prasad, Director in the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office, NITI Aayog
Ms. Urvashi Prasad is the Director in the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office, NITI Aayog. She has extensive experience in health, nutrition, sanitation, gender and public policy. Over the last five years, she has worked as a Public Policy Specialist in the Office of the Vice Chairman at NITI Aayog. She is also the member of the task force for overseeing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in India.
Urvashi has completed her B.Sc. in Life Sciences (Genetics) from University of Birmingham, UK, followed by an M.Phil in Bioscience Enterprise from University of Cambridge and an M.Sc. in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Questions for the interview for Ms. Urvashi Prasad:
1. Before we begin, tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey in the social development sector.
2. How does the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog, is working towards building a resilient monitoring & evaluation ecosystem in India?
3. What role does the DMEO play to ensure efficacy and success of various policies and programs in India for the socio-economic development?
4. Talking about the Aspirational Districts Program, what are the objectives of the program? What are the key indicators of development or progress in the districts covered under the program and how are these indicators being measured?
5. Are there any other key initiatives existing or newly launched that complement the Aspirational District Program? Also is there any convergence between achievement of SDGs and the success of Aspirational District Program?
6. According to you, how did the continued focus on health and nutrition through pre-COVID19 programs like Poshan Abhiyaan, Ayushman Bharat and Swachh Bharat Mission has contributed towards tackling COVID19 with greater resilience and efficiency?
7. Developing partnerships is the most important determinant of social change. Could you please share with us how multi-stakeholder partnerships are helping the Government of India to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.