Bijita Devsharma

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist for Rise Up! Leadership Initiative in Asia Pacific (India)

Bijita joined the World YWCA in 2022 and is based out of Hyderabad, India where she works closer to the YWCAs of the Asia-Pacific region for the monitoring, evaluation and learning of the Riseup! Leadership Initiative, leading the work on implementation of our feminist MEL framework.

Bijita comes with a decade plus of extensive experience in leading gender transformative evaluation and learning-oriented evaluation approaches such as outcome mapping, development evaluation and utilization-focussed evaluation in designing frameworks that critically examine gender-norms and power-relations while studying impact, capturing shifts in experiences, perceptions, attitudes and transformative change.

Bijita has been trained in facilitating participatory sessions and skill building exercises using tech tools. In her previous roles, she has done a lot of work around SRHR, WASH, and Adolescent & Child Rights, Child Protection and Education. She holds an M.Phil and M.A. in Sociology from University of Delhi, India and has completed many professional certificate courses in feminist and development evaluation approaches.

In her free time, Bijita enjoys baking ambitious and fun cakes along with her two daughters, loves painting folk art forms from India and is a yoga practitioner.