Academic Programmes

Master of Public Policy



Masters of Science, Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science – 2010
Bachelor of Arts, Economics (Honours), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi – 2009


Rakshita Swamy is a public policy practitioner with over 11 years of experience in conceptualizing, demonstrating and institutionalizing mechanisms of social accountability in the delivery of schemes and functioning of public institutions, at the intersection of Government and Civil Society Organizations. She has founded and heads the Social Accountability Form for Action and Research (SAFAR), where she along with her team work on building rule-based public accountability frameworks in collaboration with Governments and Civil Society Organization. SAFAR works in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Meghalaya and on governance related issues at the national level.

Work Experience

  • Member, Social Audit Advisory Body, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India (2020).
  • Convenor, Joint Task Force of Ministry of Rural Development (Government of India) and Comptroller and Auditor General of India responsible for developing the world’s first set of Auditing Standards of Social Audit (2014).
  • Associated with peoples’ campaigns including Peoples’ Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Soochna Evum Rozgar Adhikar Abhiyan (SR Abhiyan) and the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI).


  • The time is right for an Urban Employment Guarantee Programme, India Forum, November 2020
  • DUET: Expand to include Social Protection for Informal Workers, Ideas for India, October 2020
  • From Peoples’ Struggles to Public Policy: The Institutionalization of the Bhilwara Framework of Social Accountability in India, Accountability Note, Accountability Research Center, American University, October 2020
  • Volume Editor of ‘We the People: Establishing Rights and Deepening Democracy’, Penguin Random House India, 2020
  • Wanted: An Urban Equivalent of MGNREGA, Down to Earth, July 2020
  • Additional allocation for MGNREGA must be supplemented with steps to make it more effective, The Indian Express, May 2020
  • By amending the RTI Act, Government is attempting to subvert Peoples’ Power, The Outlook, July 2019
  • Six reasons why the Economic Survey’s presentation of MGNREGA is misleading, The Hindu, July 2019
  • An Accountability Framework in Action, Common Cause Vol XXXVIII No. 2, June, 2019
  • Politics of Information, Indian Express, April 2019
  • Training Module on Social Audit (Marathi), Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives, 2019
  • Explorations in the concept of Social Accountability: from theory to practice and from practice to theory,
  • Discussion Paper, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, March 2019
  • Review of Accountability Institutions and Processes, Analysis of Union Budget, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Undermining MGNREGA: The politics of Rural Distress, Deccan Herald, March 2019
  • A village festival called Social Audit: Public Participation makes the real difference, Common Cause Vol XXXVII No. 3, September 2018
  • The Meghalaya Example, The Hindu, May 2018
  • The people are watching, Indian Express, July 2017
  • Scoping Study: Mapping of institutional framework for supporting transparency in the Indian Extractive Industry, Publish What You Pay, January 2017
  • De-monetization: exercise of policy based evidence, Financial Express, December 2016
  • Platforms for Citizen Engagement- The foundation of democracy, NewsReach, December 2015
  • A State only in name, Indian Express, Jul 2015
  • Economic Census bares impact of cuts in social sector expenditure, Business Standard, Jul 2015
  • Review of Limiting access restricting expression, 2015, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Putting out the Guarantee, Indian Express, Mar 2014
  • Equity and its demands on democratic institutions, Yojana Magazine, Aug 2013
  • Right to get your problems solved- Need for a Grievance Redress Bill, Governance Now, Feb 2013