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Dr. Amrita Ahuja
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 502 Rubenstein Building
Tel: (1) 617-970-0874
Group affiliation: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Amrita Ahuja is a Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. Working at the intersection of research and practice, she focuses on the design of institutions for effective, large-scale, evidence-based delivery of health and education programs in developing countries. Her research focuses on designing institutions to enhance use, sustainability, scalability and impact of an innovative approach to safe water provision, and contributes to the HKS Sustainability Science Program’s Water and Development Initiative. She received a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2009. Her research interests include understanding how to build reliable systems to market and distribute goods and services that fulfill basic human needs across dispersed geographies using both market and non-market channels. She has served as the Managing Director of Innovations for Poverty Action 's Safe Water Program, and worked as a management consultant with the The Monitor Group in Europe, the US and India. She serves on the boards of or in an advisory capacity to several organizations working in child health and education internationally. Her faculty host is Michael Kremer.
Institutional Design for Safe Water Provision: The Role of Incentives, Monitoring and Local Leaders
Contaminated drinking water is a leading cause of diarrhea, which kills more than 1.5 million children a year. Chlorination of household drinking water significantly reduces diarrhea morbidity and mortality, but driving adoption has proven difficult. Working in collaboration with an organization rolling out an innovative, source based water chlorination program in Kenya, this project evaluates approaches to scaling and sustaining adoption of water treatment.