About Dr. Yogesh Kumar

Yogesh Kumar completed his Ph.D. from the Giri Institute of  Development Studies, Lucknow as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow in  Development Economics in 1990.  Dr. Kumar is the founder  member and Executive Director of  “Samarthan – Centre  for Development Support” working  in the states  of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.  He has an experience of more  than 25 years in the development sector and is a  professional of international repute on the issue of participatory  governance and   development.

Dr Kumar has active engagement in local governance, accountability and transparency discourses with expertise in participatory planning, social audits, citizens report card, community score cards etc. He facilitated emergence of a network of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Madhya Pradesh.

 In initial years, he worked to strengthen capacities and institutional mechanisms of voluntary  development organisations by designing and conducting trainings on various themes viz. development management, organisational development and participatory training methodologies. His training of trainers in participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation  and process  documentation have been widely recognised. Dr Kumar facilitated promotion of various  networks of CSOs including a national campaign of CSOs on MDGs  known as Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.



  • Member of the  Advisory Committee of MP State Social Audit, a registered society to strengthen the social audit process in the state
  • Executive Committee member of M.P State Tech e-Panchayat Society, Govt. of M.P, Bhopal
  • National Social Watch Coalition, Delhi
  • UN Millennium Development Goal Campaign- Wada Na Todo
  • Voluntary Action Networking of India, Delhi
  • Credibility Alliance, Mumbai

Key Publications

Published a joint paper with Dr D.C. Sah “Transparency, Disclosure and Governance: MGNREGS and Social Audits in Madhya Pradesh”, Published in edited book Transparency Disclosure and Governance, edited by AK Singh, NS Ravi ad OP Pandey, Published by Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2015

Published a joint paper with Dr Shyam Singh “Social Security: A Situational Analysis of Social Pensions in Madhya Pradesh”, in Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. LXI, No. 4, Oct-Dec, 2015.

Published paper “Transparency, Disclosers and Governance: NREGA and Social Audits in Madhya Pradesh” jointly with Dr. D.C. Sah in Journal of Land and Rural Studies, Volume 3, Issue  1,  Sage Publications, January, 2015


Published paper “ MDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda: Prospects for Indian Civil Society” jointly with Dr. Shyam Singh in Social Change, published by Sage Publications, The online version of this article can be found at: http://sch.sagepub.com/content/44/2/249, June 2014

Published paper “Rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers: A Case Study in Bhopal” jointly with Dr. Shyam Singh in Social Change , published by Sage Publications, The online version of this article can be found at http://sch.sagepub.com/content/44/4/567, November 2014

Research article published on “Client Satisfaction Exit Interviews: Assessing Quality of Public Health Institutions through Generated Feedback”, jointly with Dr. DC Sah, in VIKALPA, The Journal for Decision Makers (IIM, Ahmedabad), Sage publications, January-March 2015

Paper published “Linking Separate Worlds: Understanding the Process of Rural-Urban Seasonal Migration in India” jointly with Ms. Anamika Ajay, published in Urban India, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Volume XXXIV,  January –June 2014

Published Paper ” Promoting Sanitation through Decentralised Governance System: Case study of Raju Khedi Panchayat in India” jointly with S. Kumar in Edited book ‘Beyond Construction-Use by all’ jointly published by IRC, Netherlands, Wateraid and WSSCC, March 2008.

Community Initiatives in Water in a Decentralised Governance System of Madhya Pradeshin edited book entitled “Managing Water Resources: Policies, Institutions, and Technologies”, published by the Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2006.

Grassroots Democracy in India;a chapter contributed in ‘Social Watch India, Citizens Report on Governance and Development, 2003 published by CYSD, Bhuvaneshwar and NCAS, Pune. Work as a Co-editor of the Social Watch India, Citizen Reports, the report was published by Sage Publications,2007.

Decentralisation in Madhya Pradesh, India: from Panchayati Raj to Gram Swaraj (1995 to 2001)jointly with Amitabh Behar. ODI Working Paper-170, Overseas Development Institutes, UK, published in 2002. Stakeholders Analysis:  The Women's and Children's Health Project in India,Technical Report No.13, Partnership for Health Reforms (PHR), USA, 1997.

Building on the Panchayat:  Using Jal Samitis in Uttar Pradesh, in the book ‘Indigenous Organisations and Development’, Edited by Peter Blunt and D. Michael Warren, Intermediate Technology Publications, UK,1996.