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Alka Pathak
Senior Advisor Program Management and Development at WISH India , International non profit
New Delhi, India
Development professional with 40 years of experience in South and South East Asia, in areas of strategic planning and management, rights based programming, engendering systems and practice, and advocacy for rights and entitlements of the marginalized and poorest people .
Worked with CARE US/India, and PLAN International.
Have held positions of Country Director and at Senior management levels.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
Professional Experience:
My recent full time assignments included the following : with CARE - first in Bangladesh, where I led CARE US’s largest worldwide program. This was in the area of integrated food security with a 5 year budget of US $ 125 million. I then moved as Country Director, Nepal based out of Kathmandu, managing country operations in a period which saw sudden and dramatic socio-political shifts which had a major impact on civil society.. In 2010, I moved to CARE India where a major responsibility included setting up the India resource mobilization unit. We raised resources from individuals, institutions and corporates and in 4 years the unit raised around US $ 4 million.
Prior to CARE I worked with PLAN International in India, SriLanka and Bangladesh and managed Indonesia, and Nepal country operations as Country Director. These experiences enriched and enhanced my ability to cope and deal with complex and challenging development contexts and issues. My work areas included strategic oversight of programs, HR, management of the country offices including Government relations and inter-country linkaging.
Through all my work my commitment and passion for the issues and concerns of the marginalised sections of society particularly the poorest women and children in situations of extreme vulnerability, were strengthened. As a development professional rights based programming has always been the driving force behind most of my work with communities.
Have done my MSc in Child Development and family Relationships from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. The focus of this course was on early childhood development and its importance in the growth of young children. As part of the Masters program did a dissertation on " Prejudice in pre school children and mothers of an upper socio economic group, to caste and class.Post the Masters was involved with the Indian Council for Social Science Research guided by my Professor in an ethnographic study to look at socialization for competence patterns of children from a farmers and a weavers community. Over the course of my work experience have been involved with PRA/PLA training and training on gender sensitization both at individual and organizational levels. Also attended several workshops on strategic planning. management, and program design.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali, Bengali, hindi
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