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Vishal Gadhavi

Vishal Gadhavi is a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant specialising in strengthening feedback mechanisms in the design of monitoring systems for improved delivery and management of programmes.

Vishal has significant experience of monitoring rural livelihoods projects and working in South Asia. He spent 3 years living and working in Bangladesh on a leading DFID £83million livelihoods and poverty reduction challenge fund called Economic Empowerment of the Poorest, also called Shiree (EEP/shiree) which implemented a range of livelihoods projects and was designed to lift people out of extreme poverty in diverse and remote areas in rural Bangladesh. He was responsible for the implementation of a programme-wide monitoring and evaluation system as well as developing and managing an innovative and highly praised mobile phone monitoring system for surveying beneficiaries of rural livelihoods projects at scale.

Currently based in Nepal, Vishal is providing full-time support to the Itad managed independent Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component for DFID’s flagship economic development and poverty reduction programme in Nepal – the Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP3). The programme aims to address lack of access and social exclusion through the development of an approach to rural road construction and maintenance that targets the poorest and most disadvantaged groups as a form of labour-based social protection strategy.

Vishal is policy capable, has strong monitoring and evaluation experience, excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills, and good technical and operational experience overseeing the implementation of projects. His experience and interests include:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) design with strong feedback mechanisms
  • Sustainable rural livelihoods, social protection and poverty reduction programming
  • Mobile phone technology for sophisticated data collection.

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Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), Gujarati (fluent), Hindi (intermediate), Bengali (intermediate)
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nepal


2009 - 2010
MSc Development Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
2005 - 2008
BSc Economic History
London School of Economic and Political Science


2018 - ongoing
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2015 - 2018
Itad Ltd.

August 2014 - November 2014
Ecorys UK
Designed and developed a programme wide 'Graduation Impact Enhancement' operational strategy to disburse up to £2.2million as additional needs-based financial (cash and asset) support to eligible beneficiaries of rural livelihoods projects within the EEP/shiree programme in Bangladesh.
2012 - 2014
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme, Bangladesh (DFID)
Responsible for overall programme policy strategy and coordination of the EEP/shiree programme’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system including construction of a ‘Graduation’ index. The M&E system composed of five distinct methodologies for capturing beneficiary level data across the portfolio of rural livelihoods projects implemented by partner NGOs in Bangladesh.
2011 - 2012
Associate Programmes Manager
Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme, Bangladesh (DFID)
Responsible for providing a portfolio of NGOs implementing extreme poverty focused livelihoods projects. Provided management and technical support to two NGO implemented extreme poverty projects, one based in Dhaka and another in north-western rural Bangladesh.
2010 - 2011
Survey Coordinator
Waste Watch

Project Experience:

August 2015 - Present
Monitoring & Evaluation of the Nepal Rural Access Programme
(DAI, DFID) - Researcher
The primary objective of the RAP MEL component is to generate knowledge and facilitate learning – both in relation to RAP3 and more broadly in relation to labour-based infrastructure works in Nepal. The scope of work includes managing and assisting independent reviews of RAP project components to strengthen its M&E capacity and decision making ability from this feedback. The main users of MEL’s services are the Government of Nepal, RAP and DFID. However a wider group of stakeholders (development partners, NGOs, etc) can also benefit from the learning generated from RAP, given its long-running and innovative approaches to labour-based infrastructure works in Nepal and the links to wider social protection strategy.
2015 - Ongoing
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme
(DFID, Global) - Consultant
Contributed to the Value for Money (VFM) analysis for the Annual Review Report. The project aims at monitoring the implementation of a programme aimed at tackling forest governance failures in developing timber-processing countries, and the consequent market failures that result in illegal exploitation of forest land and resources and the associated trade in timber and other commodities.
2015 - Ongoing
Support to DFID’s Market Development Programme, Northern Ghana
(DFID, Ghana) - Consultant
Supported the M&E system through the development of a robust results chains for three agricultural markets. The 5 year programme is expected to improve the incomes and resilience of poor farmers and small-scale, rural entrepreneurs in northern Ghana. It does this by improving the way that markets work, with a particular focus on agricultural value chains using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach.


  • Using Real-time Monitoring to Enhance Graduation from Extreme Poverty in Bangladesh (2015)
    IDS Bulletin, Volume 46, Issue 2 March 2015
    Gadhavi, V. and Risner, C.