Dr. Devaki Jain
Dr. Devaki Jain is a development economist and activist.
She graduated in Economics from Oxford in 1963 and taught at Delhi University for 6 years.
Since then, her
academic research and advocacy, influenced largely by Gandhian Philosophy, have focussed on issues of equity, democratic decentralisation, people centred development and women's rights.
has bridged academic and policy-oriented work.
was one of the founders of a wide range of institutions such as Development Alternatives for Women for a new Era (DAWN) - a third world network of women social scientists who provided an alternative framework for understanding the location of advancing the cause of poor women of the South.
Indian Association of Women's Studies (IAWS), Kali, Feminist Publishing House and Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) - a research centre in Delhi where she was Director until 1994.
is one of the two women awarded the Bradford Morse Memorial Award by the United Nations
at the World Conference at Beijing for outstanding achievements through professional and voluntary activities in promoting the advancement of women and gender equality for 20 years.
At the Central Planning Commission, she has been a member of the group set up to draft the Women's Development Chapter.
She was an Adviser and Convenor of Expert group on Economic Affairs at the National Commission for Women.