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Yamini Aiyar
Accountability Initiative; Centre for Policy Research
yaiyar@accountabilityindia.org
Yamini Aiyar is a Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi and Director of Accountability Initiative at CPR. Accountability Initiative is a research group that focuses on tracking government planning, budgeting, and decision-making systems in key social sector programmes.

Articles By Yamini Aiyar
India’s Union Budget 2017-18: Status quo for the social sector
Posted On: 03 Feb 2017


On 1 February, The Finance Minister of India presented the Union Budget 2017-18. In this article, Yamini Aiyar, Director of Accountability Initiative, contends that for social policy, the Budget suggests more continuity than radical change in India’s welfare architecture. However, it lacks a coherent vision for health and education.
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Building an outcome-focused approach to elementary education financing in India
Posted On: 23 Nov 2015

Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

Government expenditure on elementary education in India is designed to promote a system that is accountable for schooling rather than learning. In this article, Yamini Aiyar, Director of the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research, proposes a novel approach to governing public financing of elementary education that would give more flexibility to states over planning and budgeting, and incentivise them to work towards learning goals.

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Education reform and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar – II
Posted On: 16 Oct 2015


The frontline administration in India is infamous for corruption and patronage, indifference towards citizens, low effort and high absenteeism. This column 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 design and culture shapes everyday behaviour. This part offers insights into how the frontline responds to reform efforts, and how this impacts institutionalisation and scaling up of reforms.

This is the second of a two-part series.

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Education reform and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar - I
Posted On: 15 Oct 2015


The frontline administration in India is infamous for corruption and patronage, indifference towards citizens, low effort and high absenteeism. This column 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 design and culture shape everyday behaviour.

This is the first of a two-part series.

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