Nithiya Muthusamy

Drives IDinsight’s technical partnership with the Indian government’s first large-scale programme on harnessing competitive federalism for improving socio-economic outcomes.

Nithiya is a manager on IDinsight’s engagement with NITI Aayog (the Government of India’s policy innovation agency) in New Delhi. Nithiya’s team supports NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP), which seeks to incentivize socio-economic progress in some of India’s poorest districts through routine monitoring and competition.

This includes assisting NITI Aayog with defining appropriate socio-economic metrics, identifying effective measurement methods, analyzing IDinsight’s independent monitoring data from 27 districts, and presenting analytical results for informing NITI Aayog’s decision-making.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Nithiya worked with the Public Health Foundation of India and the UNDP in New Delhi, where he designed and executed monitoring and evaluation plans for strengthening India’s maternal and child health systems.

Nithiya has an AB in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Economics Concentration) at Princeton University, and a MALD in Development Economics and International Business Relations from the The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Nithiya was the recipient of a prestigious scholarship for students intending a career in social and economic development while at The Fletcher School. Nithiya speaks English, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil and Hindi.


List of Projects


Selected Publications

  • Rajeev Gera, Nithiyananthan Muthusamy, Amruta Bahulekar, Prem Singh, Amit Sharma, Amrita Sekhar, Vivek Singh. “An in-depth evaluation of India’s Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS)”. BMC Health Services Research (2015), 15:315. doi:10.1186/s12913-015-0920-2 (Article)

  • Santanu Pramanik, Nithiyananthan Muthusamy, Rajeev Gera, Ramanan Laxminarayan. “Vaccine Coverage in India in 2011: A Small Area Estimation Approach”. Vaccine 33(14), (2015) Mar 30: 1731-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.083 (Article)