Ronald Abraham

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Leads IDinsight India; focusses on growing the organisation’s footprint and impact in the region; passionate about using data to improve state capacity.

Ronald Abraham is a Founding Partner at IDinsight and is based in New Delhi. Ronald leads IDinsight’s India office and is responsible for the organisation’s regional strategy, growth, impact and financial stability. He also leads IDinsight's unit at NITI Aayog supporting the Aspirational Districts Programme. He is passionate about using data to improve state capacity, especially to transform accountability processes and data-driven decision-making within governments.

Ronald co-founded IDinsight’s India office and has led its growth from 1 to 50+ persons in seven years. Over these years, he has been involved in all aspects of growing IDinsight India. This includes creating a values-based and impact-driven culture, setting and executing strategy, recruiting and mentoring employees, developing and delivering impactful projects, and balancing the budget.

Under his leadership, IDinsight India has embarked on over 30 analytical engagements in 15 states, spread across multiple sectors including agriculture, education, governance, health, nutrition, and social protection. Ronald has himself led a number of projects at IDinsight including the State of Aadhaar initiative and learning partnerships with the Governments of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. He has also led projects supporting education foundations and non-profits in India, including Akanksha, Going to School, Pratham and STiR.

Previously, Ronald worked with Pratham on the Annual Status of Education Report (2006 and 2007) and as their lead for a statewide learning program with the Government of Punjab.

Ronald holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Ronald received the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship to attend HKS.

Selected Publications

  • “Aspirational Districts: A Breath of Fresh Air.” Millennium Post, April 11, 2018. (Article)

  • “Calling for a more empirical debate on the Aadhaar experience” (with E. Bennett and N. Shah). Live Mint, May 17, 2018. (Article)

  • “Rethinking barriers to electrification: Does government collection failure stunt public service provision?” (with E. Rains). Energy Policy, Volume 114, March 2018, Pages 288-300. (Article)

  • “Clearing the air on Aadhaar data breach” (with A. Pattanayak). Live Mint, January 16, 2018. (Article)

  • “Privacy issues exist even without Aadhaar.” Live Mint, November 16, 2017. (Article)

  • “Aadhaar needs a privacy law.” Live Mint, November 15, 2017. (Article)

  • “Bihar’s Malnutrition Crisis and Potential solutions” (with A. Fraker). International Growth Centre, May 24, 2014. (Article)

  • “Quantitative Baseline Assessment of Child Nutritional Status and Performance of ICDS Supplementary Nutrition Programme in Bihar” (with N. Shah and A. Fraker). International Growth Centre, February 1, 2013. (Article)

  • “Redefining Poverty: A New Poverty Line for a New India” (with M. Guruswamy). Economic & Political Weekly, June 24, 2006. (Article)

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