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Rajeev Colaco

Rajeev Colaço

MERLA (Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting) Director


DrPH, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
MPH, Department of Epidemiology and International Health, School of Public Health, University of Alabama
MD, Russian State Medical University and Moscow State University

Dr. Rajeev Colaço is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) in the International Development Group. He is also Adjunct Professor in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. In his capacity as MERLA Director at RTI, Dr. Colaço oversees monitoring & evaluation (M&E), applied research, and learning activities that promote RTI’s core goal of translating knowledge into practice. Dr. Colaço has extensive experience conducting rigorous M&E and research, and framing results into learning for programmatic adaptation. The technical areas in which Dr. Colaço leads MERLA include integrated and cross-sectoral systems strengthening, sustainability, local capacity strengthening, integrated data systems, resilience, global health, governance, agriculture, environment, education, energy, gender, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).

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