Vegard Iversen is a microeconomist with a Ph.D. from University of Cambridge and has spent the last seven years in India. Between 2000 and 2006, he was a tenured faculty member at the School of Development Studies (now International Development) at University of East Anglia, UK. From 2007 to 2011, he was a visiting faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. While at ISI, Iversen worked on MNREGA in Andhra Pradesh, migration and labour markets in western Uttar Pradesh and changes in caste-based inequalities in rural India. Recent research has ventured into the colonial origins of agricultural development in India and the underpinnings of external validity claims in impact evaluations. He has a long standing interest in the role of social networks in the functioning of markets for low and unskilled jobs. Vegard received the Dudley Seers memorial prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Development Studies in 2008. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, FAO, the IFC, DFID and NORAD. He is the editor of the Journal of South Asian Development and an Honorary Senior research Fellow at IDPM, University of Manchester.
Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption in public programme delivery?
12 Mar 2014
MNREGA mandates social audits of public work projects undertaken under the Act in order to empower beneficiaries to scrutinise programme expenditures, and monitor programme delivery. Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption and improve programme delivery? This column presents results from the first study that rigorously assesses the impact of India’s only large-scale community monitoring initiative - in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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