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Abhilaksh Likhi

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Senior Fellow at the South Asia Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Abhilaksh Likhi has twenty years experience in the Indian Administrative Service. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Masters in International Public Policy from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, and a PhD in Development Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the South Asia Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University working in the area of community driven development, decentralized local governance and participatory communication.

He has worked both in senior field and policy formulation levels in federal and provincial government in India. Besides, working in sectors such as school education, urban development and municipal administration, he has vast operational experience in the sector of rural development. Therein, his responsibilities included state wide implementation, management and supervision of rural poverty reduction and infrastructure development programs; regulation and monitoring of the multi-tier cooperative banking structure that provides agricultural loans to farmers; empowerment of decentralized democratic rural self government institutions; policy formulation and licensing for community radio to foster voice, accountability and transparency in rural areas.

Besides contributing articles to national journals and daily newspapers, he has also presented a paper titled, “Community Radio in Rural India: Forging a Public- Private Partnership to Empower Civil Society” held at the Third International Conference on Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in August, 2008.  His research  paper titled " Community Driven Development in Developing Countries:  The Need For Community Radio in Supporting Access, Voice and Accountability" was published in the  Occasional Paper Series in May, 2013  by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). ORF is a public policy think tank based in New Delhi.