Rahul Chatterjee

Senior Manager

Rahul Chatterjee is a Senior 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

Women business diaries: Unpacking a 360-degree view of women-run businesses in Bangladesh

This blog introduces the Women Business Diaries research in Bangladesh and explains how this research will unpack a 360-degree view of women business owners.

Voices of India’s MSMEs: Insights notes from the diaries access to finance

The third edition discusses insights into the financial lives of IEs and how they access finance. The note unfolds the trends in incomes, expenses, and savings of IEs and their overall financial behavior.

Adopting a segmentation approach to serve enterprises in Kenya: Insights from the FinAccess Household Survey 2021

We used the FinAccess data to develop a composite score-based index. This index helped us segment these MSMEs based on their sophistication levels to identify their business needs and growth opportunities and maximize their business sophistication levels. In this blog, we discuss our findings from this segmentation exercise.

Women in open-air and cross-border trade in Kenya: Insights from the financial diaries research

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commissioned MSC to conduct an action research program to enhance the quality and usage of digital financial services among female traders in open-air and cross-border markets in Kenya. We analyzed 6,000+ transactions in the research. Read our report to see the findings from these financial diaries research.

Assessment of the implementation and usage of QRIS among small and micro-merchants in Indonesia

This report summarizes the findings from the study conducted to understand the implementation status of the Quick Response Indonesia Standard. The study highlights key aspects that encourage QRIS use by small and medium enterprises and recommendations for increasing its adoption in the country.

Insights note, edition 2: Supply chains of informal enterprises

Under our Voices of India’s MSMEs initiative, we at MSC are conducting a first-of-its-kind study of the informal MSME landscape in India. The study will share data-driven observations on the lived realities of India’s MSMEs, especially informal enterprises (IEs), through a series of insights notes and a state of the sector report.

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.