Partners and people

The strength of Young Lives lies in our collaborative, international structure which is designed to maximise the links between research and policy influencing, and to facilitate a multidimensional approach to child poverty.

Our multidisciplinary team in India consists of staff drawn from government organisations, research centres and civil society. Through membership of our advisory board, relevant stakeholders from the NGO sector, the government rural development department, the corporate sector and social activists are involved in key aspects of our work, from planning the research to communicating with policymakers.

The Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) in Hyderabad carries out data gathering, data management and quantitative research.

A team from Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvaidyalayam (SPMVV), the Women’s University in Tirupati, lead on our qualitative research.

A Hyderabad-based team working within Save the Children-Bal Raksha Bharat (SC-BRB), India, carry out our policy analysis and policy engagement.

From its Country Office in New Delhi, Young Lives India carries out research activities and communications work, plus policy engagement at the national level.

At national level we work with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School Education and Literacy), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (the ‘Education For All’ movement), the Planning Commission, the National Commission on Child Rights, civil society organisations and international organisations. By engaging with these various ministries Young lives has fed into national policies and plans.

At state level we work closely with relevant stakeholders at the Department of Education, the Department of Social Welfare, the Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, the Department of Rural Development, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme, the National Commission on Child Rights, and national and international NGOs. At this level we actively participate in policy-related debates and meetings, and sensitise officials and commissions to the findings from Young Lives. We also network with UN agencies to advocate with the Government to take our policy messages forward.

At local level we work closely with local government through Panchayat, Mandal and district officials as well as Members of the Legislative Assembly and NGOs.

Key Young Lives staff in India:

Dr Renu Singh, Country Director

Professor S. Galab, Principal Investigator (CESS)

Dr. P. Prudhvikar Reddy, Senior Researcher and Field Coordinator (CESS)

K.T. Shyam Sunder, Data Manager (CESS)

Dr Uma Vennam, Lead Qualitative Researcher (SPMVV)

K. Anuradha, Assistant Qualitative Researcher (SPMVV)

Policy Coordinator (vacant)

Protap Mukherjee, Quantitative Research Assistant

Pari Trivedi, Research Communications Coordinator

For more details of our staff, please see the international website.