Neha Parakh


Neha works as an Analyst with the Government and Social Impact domain of MSC. Her work involves improving public policy choices through evidence-based, bottom up, and human-centered approach.

Neha has worked with the central government, state governments, think tanks, academic institutions, MFIs, Payments Banks, Small Finance Banks, and donors in the development sector in India. Her areas of work include product development, project management, financial inclusion strategy, process mapping and re-engineering, policy assessments, behavioral economics, financial and rural sector development, and creation of training modules. Before joining MSC, Neha was a Management Intern at Margdarshak Financial Services Ltd.

Posts by Neha Parakh

Nutrition literacy: Charting a new path forward

This blog examines the factors that influence people’s food choices and thus their nutritional intake. It also highlights the need for nutrition literacy among the PDS beneficiaries.

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away—the importance of dietary diversity

Based on a study conducted by MSC in August, 2019 to assess the nutritional gaps in PDS households, this blog highlights the importance of incorporating local and diverse food items into the beneficiaries’ diet

Full, yet undernourished? How India can move from food security to nutrition security

This blog presents the challenges faced by India to shift the focus of its public distribution system from food security to nutrition security.

A study to assess the nutritional gaps in Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiary households

MSC’s report examines the PDS food basket and the dietary intake of beneficiary households. We also suggest ways to increase the nutritional efficiency of various government programs to improve the overall nutritional outcome.

DBT in education: A study on delivery of in-kind benefits to elementary school students in Uttar Pradesh

Our study in Uttar Pradesh on DBT in education specifically looks at in-kind benefits transfers to school children.

Where is my teacher?

This publication talks about the primary problem plaguing the education system in India and discusses a few innovative solutions to help improve the situation of public education in the country.

Between literacy and learning: Community engagement in public education – Part 2

Community engagement initiatives must also consider the socio-cultural backdrop and capacity of the community members. However, to state that all community engagement is positive is taking a rather simplistic view of the multi-faceted problem of rural education.

Between literacy and learning: Community engagement in public education – Part 1

For a child’s effective education, parents and the community as a whole play a key role. Studies have shown parental engagement improves a child’s achievements. While initiatives like Right to Education Act, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and mid-day meal programme nudge the children to attend school, but the learning outcome also depends on parents’ engagement at home. Read the article for more.