Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani

Centre for Policy Studies, IIT-Bombay

Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, IIT-Bombay. She has more than 18 years of work experience across India and in the United States. She has worked across various sectors such as banking, information technology, media, and entertainment. She has published research in the areas of microfinance, banking, and sustainable development.

Ajwani-Ramchandani speaks seven languages and writes the blog About Microfinance.

Featured Work

CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/unwomen/8067682747">UN Women / Gaganjit Singh Chandok</a> (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC</a>).

JUN 25, 2014 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?

With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India's new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women?

CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/74821492@N00/7549818256/in/photostream/">Rajesh Pamnani</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

NOV 15, 2013 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Forging India's New CSR Mandate

India may become the first country to enact compulsory spending on corporate social responsibility, but is it taking the right approach?

CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/4195782519/">Meena Kadri</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

AUG 20, 2013 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: POEM: Tomorrow's Child

This poem was written to convey the imperative of sustainability. As geographical lines blur due to trade and markets, so can ethics.

CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lecercle/436319551/">Akshay Mahajan</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

DEC 11, 2012 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Buds of Hope

With technical assistance from a local NGO, poor farmers in Maharashtra have been able to supplement their seasonal income by cultivating organic jasmine buds.

CREDIT: &copy; 2009 <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/chaitanyaindia.org/website/">Chaitanya</a>.

SEP 10, 2012 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Banking on Themselves: Self-Help Groups Empower Poor Rural Women

Microfinance groups have helped the women of Chimbali village overcome the constraints of physical access to banks, lack of education, and social taboos to build ...

MAR 13, 2012 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Fruits of Our Labor

Through cultivation of organic mango orchards, Adivasi families in India have been able to build sustainable income and supply the processed-food markets.