Ms Alka Narang is a dynamic development professional with over 30 years of experience in strategic planning and policy advocacy, portfolio management, and programme formulation and management, with major focus on gender and inclusion in poverty reduction, social protection, sustainable livelihoods and access to basic services, especially health and HIV prevention and management.
In the course of her work, Ms Narang has been extensively involved in ideating, conceptualising, designing and coordinating strategic responses to development crises, including Covid-19; designing and managing large-scale assessments and evaluations; and building partnerships with government, development sector, private sector, academic institutions and civil society organisations. Among her many achievements, she has led path-breaking studies on the socio-economic impact of HIV; designed and managed UNDP country programmes and joint UN projects on primary education, trafficking and HIV, and preventing sexual violence and livelihoods for tribal women; and partnered with relevant stakeholders to push for the recognition of Transgender as the third gender in India. She also forged the first ever UNDP-GAVI partnership for strengthening health systems, and conceptualised and designed the first ever residential leadership and managerial proficiency programme for People Living with HIV (PLHIV).
Ms Narang has always advocated for inclusive and integrated development interventions. She has been associated with the UNDP in various positions for over 25 years.