Anand Rajaram

Anand Rajaram was formerly the Country Director for IGC Zambia.

Anand Rajaram joined as Country Director for IGC Zambia in January 2016. His previous work at the World Bank (1986-2015) included a broad range of managerial, knowledge leadership, and country assignments. A development economist with expertise in public finance, fiscal policy, public management, and governance, he brings practical experience from work advising governments, including China, Nepal, India, Turkey, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Zambia. He worked closely with the Turkish government from 2000-2005 to guide the reform of public finance and fiscal policy institutions. He was the Sector Manager for public management and governance covering 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa from 2007-2012.

He has also served as the World Bank’s representative on the Executive Board of the African Capacity Building Foundation.  He is the lead author and editor of a 2014 book, “The Power of Public Investment Management: Transforming Resources into Assets for Growth”, and also co-wrote the World Bank policy research working paper “Behavioral Economics and Public Sector Reform: An Accidental Experiment and Lessons from Cameroon”. He holds an M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Boston University.


Content by Anand Rajaram
  • Project

    Zambian youth unemployment in industries without smokestacks

    Zambia has high rates of unemployment and is overly dependent on mining for growth and foreign exchange. In 2018, the unemployment rate was 12.6 percent and the youth unemployment rate was 17.4 percent. With a growing population, this issue will only become worse without intervention and growth in labour-absorbing sectors of the economy. This study researches...

    23 Jul 2020 | Rayner Tabetando, Anand Rajaram, Dennis Chiwele

  • Blog post

    Cholera in Zambia: Treating the causes, not the symptoms

    The recurrent cholera outbreaks in Zambia should provoke reflection on the root causes. Together with a strategic focus on improving water and sanitation infrastructure it will be necessary to complement new investments with reforms to address the problem of weak institutions to achieve a lasting solution to the problem. Since October last year, Zambia has been battling a...

    9 Mar 2018 | Miljan Sladoje, Anand Rajaram