University of Melbourne
Salim Lakha is Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He was formerly the Coordinator of Development Studies Program at Melbourne University, and in 2011 a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Dr. Lakha’s specialization is India, and his research interests include social protection, decentralization, governance and development, international migration, and transnational identities. He is currently engaged in a collaborative research project that examines the role of social audit as an accountability tool under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), introduced by Government of India in 2005. It is a rights-based scheme aimed at promoting livelihood security, inclusive growth and social accountability. The broader aim of the research is to explore whether MGNREGS is contributing to poverty alleviation and a deepening of democracy. This research is funded by Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne.