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Ranjani K Murthy Independent Researcher, Chennai

Ranjani K Murthy is an independent researcher based in Chennai whose areas of interest have been gender, poverty and health for the past two decades. Through her work with MYRADA (1984–88) and with Initiatives: Women in Development (IWID, 1991–94), as well as by conducting independent research, she has gathered grassroots knowledge along with experience in policy analysis, capacity building and impact assessment. She has carried out policy and impact assessment studies with a focus on gender and poverty in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Moldova and Sudan (for UN organizations and for national and international bodies which fund NGOs), and has prepared a global literature review on reproductive health service accountability within health sector reforms (for the former Women’s Health Project, South Africa). Ms Ranjani Murthy was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (1994). Her published books include Indian NGOs and their Capacity Building in the 1990s (1997, co-author); Building Women’s Capacities: Experiences in Gender Transformation (Sage, 2001, editor); and Denial and Distress: Gender, Poverty and Human Rights in Asia (2003, co-author).