About IWWAGE
IWWAGE promotes, synthesizes, and generates evidence on “what works”
for women’s economic empowerment in India.

Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) aims to build on existing research and generate new evidence to inform and facilitate the agenda of women’s economic empowerment. IWWAGE is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is housed within the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR LEAD).

Economic empowerment of women is fundamental to achieving gender equality and inclusive growth.IWWAGE focuses on moving from “How” to “What Works” to improve women’s participation in economic activities through access to decent work and economic resources, by strengthening social protection networks, and facilitating gender transformative policies.

IWWAGE works with governments, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector to achieve the desired impact.

Our core

Areas of Work

RESEARCH
& ANALYSIS

POLICY ENGAGEMENT
& ADVOCACY

BUILDING & TESTING
INTERVENTIONS

Our

People

Our team includes economists, gender experts, development practitioners, and policy experts who come with extensive experience of working on women’s empowerment.

Executive Director
Madhuri Mukherjee
Executive Director

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Principal Economist
Sona Mitra
Principal Economist

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Associate Director
Neelakshi Mann
Associate Director

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Program Manager
Divya Hariharan
Program Manager

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Business Manager
Neeraj Upadhyay
Business Manager

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Administrative Manager
Preeti Bawa
Administrative Manager

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Research Assistant
Hiya Singh Rajput
Research Assistant

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Research Fellow
Ruchika Chaudhary
Research Fellow

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Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager
Kanika Kingra
Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager

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State Program Manager, Chhattisgarh
Sadashiv N
State Program Manager, Chhattisgarh

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Research Fellow
Anjana Thampi
Research Fellow

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Our

Partners