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Sumeeta Banerji is head of the democratic governance program at the United Nations Development Programme in India. Prior to this, she led a "Community of Practice" (CoP) on poverty reductions for the UN in India. She handles a portfolio of programmes providing technical support and policy advice to key Government of India ministries on a wide range of governance themes including right to information, access to justice, capacity development for local governance and decentralised planning, human development, and rights based social security interventions. Sumeeta also organized a second all-India CoP on microfinance in October 2006. Prior to joining the UN in India, Sumeeta spent several years with the Canadian International Development Agency leading projects in the areas of governance, human rights, child rights, inclusive education, livelihoods, and HIV/AIDS, focusing on building the capacity of local partners in addressing concerns of the poor in these sectors. Sumeeta did her undergraduate degree in history from the Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi and her masters in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. She is also a linguist and has degrees in German, French, and Spanish. She lives with her husband and two children in New Delhi. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.