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Roshni Menon

  • Senior Program Officer, Inequality & Exclusion, Pathfinders

Dr. Roshni Menon is a Senior Program Officer at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, working on the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies’ Grand Challenge for Inequality and Exclusion.

Roshni brings 15 years of experience working in international development across civil society, the UN system, and academia. She has a passion for work that seeks to alleviate poverty and inequality; advance gender equality and women’s empowerment; and facilitate rural development and secure land rights for those on the bottom of the socio-economic spectrum who depend on land for their livelihoods.

She has researched, written reports and provided policy support on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; data for development; democratic governance and human rights; gender equality, particularly as it relates to the governance, peace, and security agenda; environmental sustainability; and the human development and capabilities approach. In previous years, she has contributed to policy design and analysis for UN and civil society-led projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Maldives, India, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand, amongst others. Most recently, she was the lead author of UNDP’s National Human Development Report (NHDR) on youth in Lao PDR.

Roshni holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, a Master’s (M.Phil) degree from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia.

  • Publication: Report February 24, 2023 Inequality & Exclusion

    An Age of Crises: Prospects for inequality and division

    The double shock of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been accompanied by an uptick in income and social inequalities. Looking across six areas—food and fuel shortages, inflation, debt distress, extreme climate-related events, and political unrest—there are very few countries that escape the reach of at least one crisis. New research from the Pathfinders team shows that in those countries for which complete data exists across six crises (90 in total), eight countries are at risk for being impacted by all crises at the same time. 72 out of these 90 countries (or 80 percent) are at high or moderate risk of suffering from at least three crises at the same time.

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