Ashish Bajracharya is an associate with the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bajracharya is a social demographer and policy analyst who specializes in rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of health systems strengthening and health financing interventions aimed at improving access, use, quality, and equity of maternal and reproductive health care and family planning services in developing countries. His work has a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia, and he works in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Bajracharya currently leads implementation science research under the Council’s flagship USAID-funded Evidence Project in Bangladesh, focusing on workplace interventions to improve access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services for women who work in the readymade garment industry. He also leads the Evidence Project’s initiative to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in Bangladesh, working with the Ministry of Health to strengthen the evidence base on ASRH programs and research and to facilitate a national network of partners engaged with ASRH work. Bajracharya also serves as the Council’s principal investigator for implementation science in the Sustainable Networks Project, led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which aims to strengthen the management and delivery of family planning services to vulnerable and underserved populations in Africa and Asia.
Bajracharya’s research spans all three programs at the Council. Under the Reproductive Health program, he has led large-scale quasi-experimental evaluations of reproductive health voucher programs and social health protection schemes in Bangladesh and Cambodia. In Myanmar, he leads the HIV and AIDS program’s work on Link Up, evaluating interventions designed to increase access to integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for young key populations. Under the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, he co-led a comprehensive study of adolescents living in remote and underserved regions of Nepal in partnership with UNICEF.
Before joining the Bangladesh office in 2012, Bajracharya was staff associate in the Council’s representative office in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he worked on developing a computerized health management information system in the Thai Nguyen province in northern Vietnam, and on promoting data utilization and evidence-based planning and decisionmaking in the health sector. Bajracharya began his career at the Population Council as a Fred H. Bixby Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008 to 2010, based in its New York City headquarters. As a Bixby Fellow, he investigated early marriage and transitions to adulthood among adolescent girls in Nepal and conducted research on gender, empowerment, and poverty-related issues for girls and women in South Asia.
Bajracharya is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the Population Association of America, and the Asian Population Association. His research has been published in journals such as Demography, The Lancet, Studies in Family Planning, Journal of Family Issues and Developmental Psychology.
Bajracharya received his PhD in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2008, where he specialized in social demography and human development. He is a native of Nepal.