Dr. Abusaleh Shariff is the Chief Scholar at the US India Policy Institute. He is an economist and demographer, works on various aspect of human development and inclusive growth He was a Senior Fellow/Chief Economist with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi between 1994 and 2012. He was on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India ‘Committee for the Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh’ during 2010. He was on sabbatical / lien appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from March 2008 to March 2010. His research focus at IFPRI is in the areas of food and nutrition security, social safety nets with a special focus on rural and agrarian communities in Asia; labor markets and income diversity. He was member-secretary of the now well know PM’s High Level Committee report on Muslims in India, also known as Sachar Committee Report.
He has over 30 years of consistent record of academic research in the field of development economics, rural development, human development, demography and health economics, food policy and nutrition, poverty studies, labor and social security, social sector budgetary analysis and micro-impact of economic reforms. He has undertaken a number of large scale evaluatory representative sample surveys in India. He was a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation International Family Fellowship to undertake research at Economic Growth Centre of Yale University, USA during 1991-2. He has secured a PhD (1986) from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Dr. Shariff has worked extensively on various empirical dimensions of poverty especially the impact of economic reform on employment, income vulnerability and food security. He prepared a methodology to undertake the `Program / Project Sensitivity Analysis of the UNDP Funded Interventions to promote Sustainable Human Development’, in 1995. He prepared district level profiles entitled ‘Poverty, deprivation and levels of living in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal’ in 1998 for DFID-India office. He prepared at the instance of FAO, Geneva and the Association of Food Marketing for the Asia–Pacific Region, Bangkok, a report – Food Security for Sustained Poverty Alleviation in the Asia–Pacific Region: The Forgotten Gender Dimension in 2003.
His empirical research focus on social-group analysis influenced the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, who appointed him as the Member-Secretary of a Committee for the preparation of a report on the ‘Social, economic and Educational status of the Muslim Community of India.’ This report was tabled in the Indian Parliament in November 2006 and currently is a source of extensive debate on inclusive development in India. His consultative work on establishing linkages between macro economies, health and education outcomes, human development and human rights in Sudan and Maldives has been well appreciated by the United Nations System.
He was selected as one of the India Today Magazine ‘faces of millennium (Economist)’ in January 2000 issue. He is on the 25 identified in the Outlook Magazines’ Alternative Power List (23rd April, 2007 issue) as a recognition of his ability to influence public policy in India. He has published 8 books and over 100 research articles in refereed journals and seminar proceedings. He is a panelists on various Indian TV channels and has been interviewed and quoted in magazines of high repute such as the Times of India, Hindustan Times, New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times of London, La Monde, Paris, Washington Post, India Today and Outlook. He was a member of the award selection committee of the Global Development Network in its annual meetings held in Senegal in 2006 and also a member of numerous official committees of the Government of India. He has addressed a number of professional bodies such as the Annual Global Development Conference at Dakar, the Global Forum for Health Research in Mexico City, World Health Organization at Geneva, UN Headquarters in New York and the World Bank Headquarters at the Washington DC, Harvard University, Duke University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, University of Maryland at College Park, London School of Economics, and many other universities both in India and abroad. Being an expert on various issues of development economics, rural development and demography he evaluates a number of proposals seeking funds, evaluate and asses PhD theses and reviews a number of journal articles for example for World Development. He has been an advisor to a number of graduated students in India and abroad. Abusaleh Shariff has deep interest in understanding causes and mechanism to alleviate vulnerability amongst people who living rural and remote areas. In this context he has recently completed a study of the impact of food price inflation on the vulnerable communities in India. He is also involved in policy level debates with respect to appropriate mechanism to target benefits to the poor through public works programs, direct supply of food products to women, children and to pupils through school feeding programs. He is on the Planning Commission/UNDP panel working on the role of conditional cash transfers to achieve higher human capital formation of girls in India.
Dr. Shariff’s publications are available on ResearchGate, http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Abusaleh_Shariff. He also regularly blogs at http://salehshariff.blogspot.com/.