Nesha Ramful is a social scientist specializing in quantitative and qualitative studies in the fields of child wellbeing, poverty analysis and social protection. She has been working with the Economic Policy Research Institute and Social Policy Research Institute since July 2013. She graduated from the University of Mauritius with a distinction in MSc Social Protection Financing and also holds a Bachelors in Finance and Law with First Class.
The researcher was directly involved in the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) projects with UNICEF for children and households in Sub-Saharan Africa namely Botswana, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo. She also assisted on a project on the promotion of SME development with the University of Mauritius and the University of Botswana. She has been working in West Africa with UNICEF WCARO where she was part of the research team for the evaluation of the social and economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on children in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. She is as well involved in a World Bank project on poverty analysis for Guinea. During her research work, she does extensive quantitative analysis using large datasets including household budget surveys, MICS and DHS data sets. Nesha also has experience in training local stakeholders (in Lao PDR and Zimbabwe) from the national statistical offices for the application of the MODA methodology using the Stata software. Besides, she has been lecturing on Social Protection Administration and Policy Implementation for a masters course at the University of Mauritius. Finally, Nesha is multilingual with excellent proven ability to work in English and French and a fair knowledge of the Hindi language.