Rahul Chatterjee

Manager

Rahul Chatterjee is a Manager in MSC’s Data & Innovation Domain. He is a management professional with over seven years of research experience gained through projects with international donor agencies, research firms, government agencies, NGOs and CSR departments in Asia and Africa. His areas of expertise include advanced data analytics, gender analysis, conceptualizing and implementing internal M&E systems, and data-driven program management.

In his current role, he leads to impact assessments, landscape studies, and market research assignments. He is experienced in designing and implementing large scale quantitative researches including nationally representative studies. Rahul specializes in using data for making strategic decisions and designing programs. Some of the key research projects of Rahul includes countrywide assessment of direct benefit transfer in fertilizer in India, assessment of the digital credit scenario in Kenya, assessment of the financial needs and behaviours of RMG factory workers in India, assessment of gender centrality of financial services (especially DFS) in Bangladesh and India, financial diaries research in Bangladesh, assessment of creative industries in Uttar Pradesh (India). Rahul is experienced in using innovative research methods like financial diaries/positive deviance research and using data analysis tools like R, SAS, SPSS and QGIS. He has co-authored various blogs and reports with MSC as well as various research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining MSC, Rahul was a State Monitoring Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Manager at CARE India- Solutions for Sustainable Development. He led various studies to understand the impact of the technical assistance provided by CARE India on the health and ICDS departments of govt. of Bihar.

Posts by Rahul Chatterjee

India’s gender-responsive policies during COVID-19

Despite the Indian government’s gender-focused relief measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, women beneficiaries faced issues as they tried to access and utilize such measures. Issues with access and capability around digital communication and inherent social norms persist as two important factors that intensify the challenges that #women face in using formal financial services.

Life on credit: Why and how do corner shop owners take loans?

With the wide gap in access to formal credit for MSMEs in South and East Asia, micro-businesses often borrow from unreliable sources at exorbitant rates. Based on our Corner Shop Diaries research, this blog explores how and why corner shops take loans and the sources from which they borrow.

SI #10-Reimagining the way we examine women-run businesses

In this video, we unpack major differences between enterprises run by women and men, the roles that social norms play, and what is needed to reimagine the way we examine women-run businesses.

‘Surviving a pandemic’: Five key insights from the Corner Shop Diaries research in India and Indonesia

This blog offers five key insights drawn from early data of our Corner Shop Diaries research in India and Indonesia.

Volatility and resilience: Lessons from the corner shop diaries research in Nigeria

This blog provides three key insights into the financial lives of small corner shop owners in Nigeria. It also offers a glimpse into the strategies they adopted to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting behind the corona statistics: How a small shopkeeper took on the pandemic

This blog has been written by Rahul Chatterjee, with additional material from Stuart Rutherford and Md Kalim Ullah of the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project. Based on a case study, this blog analyzes how a small corner shop owner in Bangladesh managed to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores strategies to speed up recovery and bounce back from the pandemic’s effects.

The COVID-19 paradox: What made a small corner shop in Uganda, which was allowed to operate during the pandemic, close down?

Using insights from the daily financial transaction data of a small corner shop in Uganda, this blog explores the causes that forced the shop to shut down, despite being allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Corner Shop Diaries project: How small businesses in developing countries coped with the pandemic, helped the neighborhood to survive the lockdown, and embarked on the challenging journey to recovery

This blog offers a glimpse into the Corner Shop Diaries research in eight countries across Asia and Africa.