J-PAL South Asia


J-PAL South Asia has been collaborating with governments in India to improve their effectiveness by supporting them in adopting an evidence-informed approach to policymaking.

India has had remarkable achievements in economic growth and development in the last 25 years, but despite the fast-paced economic growth, India continues to face deep and complex challenges. Per capita income remains low, and one-third of the world’s poor reside in India. India’s severe challenges in governance are visible in the magnitude of leakage, corruption, and absence of frontline staff responsible for delivering critical services, and more deeply in the design of social policies that are meant to improve citizens’ lives.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia (J-PAL SA) has been collaborating with state governments in India to improve their effectiveness by supporting them in adopting an evidence-informed approach to policymaking. The similarities in governance structures in India’s 29 states mean a new policy or program evaluated in one state has relevant learning and potential for scale across the country. J-PAL SA strategically works with government partners to evaluate policies that affect many millions of people to help drive broader systems change.

The Chandler Foundation is resourcing J-PAL SA to launch a Governance Unit within the organization. This unit strengthens how they equip leaders and support governments to adopt an evidence-informed approach to decision-making that can improve citizens’ lives and set in place mechanisms – using technology, accountability, and better execution – to strengthen governance in India.


Shobhini Mukerji

Executive Director
J-PAL South Asia



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