Shobha Raghuram is an independent researcher who has specialised in development studies and philosophy. She serves on a number of public-interest bodies. She is on the Editorial Board of the Development Journal (Macmillan), on the policy-advisory board of NWO (WOTRO), The Netherlands, is in the Core Committee of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), Kathmandu, and is a Life Member of the Institute of Economic and Social Change, Bangalore. From 2002-2007 she was Director of the Hivos India Regional Office, Bangalore. She has been a temporary advisor to WHO and UNDP, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University, and Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. She recently served on the Panel of Education and Law at the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, Govt of India. Her research interests include civil society action, institution building at the grassroots level, ethics, and development aid. She is working on her book, “Rethinking Development: The Politics of Social Change”.
When Frans and Ellen requested me to write about the WRR report, I readily accepted but, after reading the documents, I felt hesitant.