Zeba Siddiqui

Zeba
Designation: Research associate
Zeba provides research support for our programmes on Agricultural Insurance, Transparency and Accountability, Governance and Social Protection. Prior to joining 3ie, Zeba worked with the communication team at Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. She has also worked on research projects with the World Health Organization, National Council of Educational Research and Training, and Public Health Foundation of India. Zeba has a bachelors in Sociology from Delhi University, a masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MPhil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics.

Blogs by author

Assessing the impact of policy and institutional reforms in international development

For decades, development actors have recognized that good governance and solid country systems are essential for the effective delivery of well-designed, evidence-based interventions. A number of development organizations and initiatives have, therefore, emerged with explicit missions to strengthen the capacity and performance of publicly-mandated political and administrative institutional structures (for e.g., World Bank’s Global Governance practice and USAID Center for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)

Making agricultural insurance work for smallholder farmers in the COVID era

Sustainable agriculture is crucial for the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Agricultural production is inherently risky due to erratic climate conditions, crop loss from pests, and fluctuations in crop and/or input prices, limited access to inputs, among others. These

Big Data in the time of a pandemic

With a significant number of active cases globally, the novel coronavirus represents an extreme public health challenge. The outbreak of the pandemic has led to stringent travel restrictions, making data collection a highly challenging task for the development research community.

It’s time to take note of the Self Help Groups’ potential

As the world is scrambling for resources to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, India is fortunate to have a motivated cadre of women assisting the fight at the community-level. Rightfully called the ‘silent soldiers’, the 690 lakh or so women members of around 63 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country formed under the Indian government’s flagship Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) have come to the forefront.

Can transparency and accountability initiatives improve natural resource governance?

Resource-dependent countries often fail to benefit from their natural resource wealth. Countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria have vast quantities of natural resources, yet their per capita incomes are among the lowest in the world.