Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is currently a senior research fellow and director of the accountability initiative being set up at the Centre for Policy Research. The Accountability initiative aims to promote research, innovations and tools to strengthen accountability and citizen’s engagement in India’s governance processes. Prior to joining CPR Yamini was working as an independent consultant providing research and policy support to government, international donors and civil society organizations on governance reform with a focus on issues related to strengthening accountability in basic service delivery. Yamini has also worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and Rural Development unit in New Delhi. The focus of her work was on action research aimed at strengthening mechanisms for citizen’s engagement in local government. She was a member of the decentralization team at the World Bank that provided policy support to strengthen Panchayati Raj (local governance) in India. Yamini has also worked on issues related to decentralization and service delivery at the Ford Foundation with the Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society program. Yamini has an Msc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Edmunds College Cambridge University, UK and a BA in Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Content by Yamini Aiyar
  • Blog post

    Part 2: Education reform and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar

    The frontline administration in India is infamous for corruption and patronage, indifference towards citizens, low effort and high absenteeism. This blog reports findings from a year-long qualitative study on frontline education administrators in Bihar. Part 1 captured perspectives of frontline administrators on their role in the education hierarchy and how organisational...

    20 Oct 2015 | Yamini Aiyar, Vincy Davis, Ambrish Dongre

  • Blog post

    Part 1: Education reform and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar

    The frontline administration in India is infamous for corruption and patronage, indifference towards citizens, low effort and high absenteeism. This blog reports findings from a year-long qualitative study on frontline education administrators in Bihar. It captures perspectives of frontline administrators on their role in the education hierarchy and how organisational...

    19 Oct 2015 | Yamini Aiyar, Vincy Davis, Ambrish Dongre

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Education reforms, bureaucracy, and the puzzles of implementation

    1 Sep 2015 | Yamini Aiyar, Ambrish Dongre, Vincy Davis

  • Project

    Outlays to outcomes: Understanding pathways to improving learning outcomes

    It is well known that the Indian state suffers from a serious crisis of implementation capability. Economist Lant Pritchett has aptly captured this crisis in his description of the India state as a “flailing state”, one where “the head – its elite institutions at the national and state level- remain sound and functional but where its head is no longer reliably...

    1 May 2014 | Yamini Aiyar, Ambrish Dongre