Rethinking foreign aid to India

Originally published in Business Standard Recently, an MP from the United Kingdom complained that while UK was giving India aid worth £1 billion, the country decided to build a statue worth £330 million. The concern was seemingly about whether aid financed by taxpayer money was really reaching the poor. Relatedly, migration programs are an alternate … Continue reading Rethinking foreign aid to India

On poverty lines and economic growth

Read the full post on The Print. Written jointly with Yash Mehta. The development agenda today is largely about drawing an arbitrary line for poverty and focusing on a narrow goal of pulling individuals just above this line. Multilateral development organisations like the UN and the World Bank play an important role in setting the … Continue reading On poverty lines and economic growth