Sudhanshu Handa

Senior Research Fellow

Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa is a 3ie senior research fellow and Kenan Eminent Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A trained economist, Ashu is one of the principal investigators of The Transfer Project, an initiative in partnership with UNICEF and FAO to document the wide-ranging impacts of government sponsored cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through the Transfer Project and its collaborators, he has lead seven large-scale evaluations of national cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current work involves long-term follow-ups of these evaluations to understand the intergenerational effects of cash transfers on the adult children of the original recipients.

Handa previously worked at UNICEF’s Office of Research, the Inter-American Development Bank, the University of the West Indies-Mona, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto.

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