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Dr Jyotsna (Jo) Puri
Dr Jyotsna (Jo) Puri is Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation (3ie). Jo is also adjunct faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York, where she teaches development evaluation.
In her different roles she advises and works closely with international organizations such as IFAD, WFP and AGRA on producing and using evidence to inform global policies. Jo leads 3ie sector based work on themes such as social norms, agriculture, nutrition, community engagement and environment. She is an expert in the area of impact evaluations of development programmes related to humanitarian assistance, agriculture and environment. She is working on an edited book (with Juha Uitto and Rob Van den Berg) that focuses on methods and key areas of knowledge required to evaluate climate change programmes. She is also responsible for fund raising within 3ie and leading and delivering 3ie’s programmes.
Jo has more than 21 years of experience in policy research and development evaluation. She has undertaken and led evaluation related work for the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, GEF and the MacArthur Foundation. Her research has focused on analyzing poverty impacts of policy and infrastructure investments in Asia and Latin America as well as environmental trade offs in developing countries. As policy adviser at UNEP she has provided thematic and strategic advice on program development and engaging governments at various levels for effective delivery of outcomes for equitable, green growth transitions.
She is the lead author of a book on measuring and interpreting monitoring and evaluation indicators prepared for the Human Development Report Office and published by UNDP and is co-author of a book examining implications of Joint Implementation of Climate Change commitments for developing countries and led the publication of a synthesis report on Forests in a Green Economy published by UNEP. She sits on the board of Community of Evaluators, South Asia and the Geneva based Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI). Jo’s academic qualifications include a Ph.D., M.Sc. in Resource Economics and a Masters in Development Economics.