Dr. Alok Rath has been active in international development for 25 years with work experience in Asia, Africa and the UK. He has held leadership roles in international development organisations such as Save the Children and ActionAid. Currently, Dr. Rath leads research, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge creation at VSO.
In 2016, at the UN’s first High-level Political Forum on SDG monitoring, he was a ‘Lead Discussant’ on the role of volunteering in SDG implementation. He presented papers on volunteering measurement at IVCO 2017 and 2018. He was also a speaker at the UNV’s Volunteering Conclave in India in 2019, on the same subject.
Dr. Rath is an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialisation in cultural ecology and has authored/co-authored several research papers and articles related to different aspects of social science and development.
He takes a deep interest in the role of volunteering in advancing people’s participation in the 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.