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IWWAGE promotes, synthesises, 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 an initiative of LEAD, an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act). LEAD has strategic oversight and brand support from Krea University (sponsored by IFMR Society) to enable synergies between academia and the research centre. IWWAGE is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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 organisations, academia, and the private sector to achieve the desired impact.

Our core

Areas of Work

RESEARCH
& ANALYSIS

POLICY ENGAGEMENT
& ADVOCACY

BUILDING & TESTING
INTERVENTIONS

IWWAGE Approach

Meet the Team

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

Head, IWWAGE
Soumya Kapoor Mehta
Head, IWWAGE

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Principal Economist
Sona Mitra
Principal Economist

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Business Manager
Neeraj Upadhyay
Business Manager

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Senior Program Manager
Divya Hariharan
Senior Program Manager

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Senior Research Fellow
Ruchika Chaudhary
Senior Research Fellow

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Senior Administrative Manager
Preeti Bawa
Senior Administrative Manager

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Research Assistant
Hiya Singh Rajput
Research Assistant

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Communication Manager
Atiya Anis
Communication Manager

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

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Project Associate
Ankita Sharma
Project Associate

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Research Manager
Kaliat Ammu Sanyal
Research Manager

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Team Lead
Ramesh Sinha
Team Lead

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