Kushagra Harshavardhan

Kushagra Harshavardhan is an Assistant Manager in MSC’s Social Policy and Impact Practice Group under the Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain. He has over two years of experience gained through working on projects with the central government, state governments, think tanks, academic institutions, and donors in the development sector in India.

Posts by Kushagra Harshavardhan

Efficacy of India’s food security response during COVID-19

The paper assesses the efficacy of India’s food security response during COVID-19 pandemic. It details out field level insights and also covers the lessons learned from the PDS experience during the pandemic.

PMAY-G: Transforming the rural housing program in India (Part II)

More than 12 million houses have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). This blog talks about the major challenges faced by supply and demand-side stakeholders of the program. It further discusses how the Government of India can address policy and operational-level challenges for the smooth functioning of PMAY-G.

PMAY-G: Transforming the rural housing program in India (Part I)

The Government of India has envisioned providing shelter to the homeless since the country gained independence. This blog talks about the evolution of various rural housing programs. It also highlights the improvements in housing provisions due to Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin, an initiative of the government to provide housing for the rural poor.

Universal Basic Income: A policy option for India?

With governments around the world rushing to mitigate the economic fallout of COVID-19, the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained prominence. This blog analyzes the suitability of UBI in the Indian context.

Impact of COVID-19 on routine healthcare services and ASHAs

The report studies the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on key elements of India’s health system framework—community demand, provision of health services, and community health workers. It also provides recommendations to better prepare the healthcare system of India to tackle shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.