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Ajay Chhibber

Ajay Chhibber is the first Director General of India's Independent Evaluation Organisation with the status of Minister of State, recently established to assess the effectiveness of India's development programs. From July 2008 to July 2013 for five years he was former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Chhibber received his training as an economist at Stanford University, USA (PhD, 1983) under a University fellowship and at Delhi School of Economics, India (MA, 1976). He received a BA in Economics from St Stephen's College, Delhi University where he received the David Rajaram Prize for the best all - rounder in 1974.

At UNDP, Chhibber managed the Asia-Pacific programmes [1] covering 39 countries spanning from Iran to the islands in the South Pacific. At UNDP he supervised preparation of seminal Human Development Reports on Women and on Climate Change for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, he worked at University of Delhi.

Chhibber has published widely, including five books on economic development and many articles in international journals and in major newspapers.


  1. ^ UNDP’s Website for the Asia-Pacific Region
  2. ^ 1997 World Development Report on the Role of the State

External links

  • UNDP Asia-Pacific Director’s Corner

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