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Yashodhara Rana

Senior Program Officer

As a program officer at R4D working on nutrition, Yashodhara Rana’s work includes a review of nutrition evidence for the African Development Bank’s multi-sectoral nutrition strategy, and a costing study of community-based management of acute malnutrition and related government budgets in the Indian state of Rajasthan; she also worked on innovation impact for the Canadian government’s “Grand Challenges Canada” program on health outcomes in the developing world. As part of a broader R4D team, she conducts an adaptive evaluation of the LAUNCH Food accelerator program.

While working on her PhD in public policy, Dr. Rana spent several years as an assistant policy analyst at RAND Corporation, where her portfolio included research in HIV/AIDS, sexual risk behaviors, social networks and mixed methods research. As a consultant for the World Bank Group, she conducted two process evaluations on “branchless” banking methods to facilitate social transfer payments to low-income citizens in Nepal.

Dr. Rana holds a PhD in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a BA in government from Dartmouth College. She is a native speaker of Nepali, English and Hindi and is conversational in French.

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