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Dr. Shraddha Chigateri , Consultant

Dr. Shraddha Chigateri has over 15 years of experience as a researcher in the field of gender and development. She has a PhD in Women and Gender Studies and an LLM in Law in Development from the University of Warwick. Having previously worked as an academic in the UK at the Universities of Keele and Warwick for several years, she joined ISST as a Research Fellow in 2012.

Shraddha is currently a co-investigator on the 'Balancing Unpaid Care Work and Paid Work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project, which is a collaborative and comparative research study being undertaken in partnership with IDS, UK and BRAC REU. The research is located in four countries across two regions: India and Nepal in South Asia, and Rwanda and Tanzania in Sub-Saharan Africa, with ISST taking the lead for the South Asia leg of the research. The study is part of the Growth and Equal Opportunities for Women (GrOW) programme funded by DfID, IDRC and Hewlett Foundation. The 27-month research project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities.

At ISST, Shraddha has also been project lead on the IDRC and Ford Foundation funded project, 'Engendering Policy through Evaluation', which hosts an online gender and evaluation community of practice.  The project has also resulted in several research outputs including a series of four publications focused on feminist evaluation. Shraddha has also been India team lead on a comparative UNRISD project examining the relationship between claims making by women's groups and policy change entitled, 'When and Why Do States Respond to Women’s Claims? Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in Asia'. The India report of this research is available here. She has also been involved in several other research and evaluation studies including a UNICEF funded project on 'Quality Child Care Provision for the Young Child' (for which she has written a synthesis report), and  baseline studies and evaluative research for SEWA Bharat and the Ministry of Women and Child Development.