Anuj Jain is a Senior Fellow at Coady International Institute at St Francis Xavier University in Canada. His primary area of work is in 'Strengthening Local Economies'. He is engaged in expanding the knowledge and learning in the fields of financial inclusion through community based and members owned micro finance models, making markets work for everyone, women's economic empowerment and more recently, in inclusive urban economies. He also facilitates programs for more effective partnerships and collaborations in multi-stakeholder environments, and foundations for leadership in development.
Anuj lives in Antigonish, a town that is home of Antigonish movement in post economic depression 20th century and that gave rise to Coady International Institute that is committed to citizen led and community owned development and in igniting leadership among development sector practitioners. He joined Coady Institute in 2010 after 19 years of working with CARE International in India, Zambia, globally thru the head office in USA and then in Asia region during post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction period. Besides inclusive economic development and micro finance, he has engaged in designing and overseeing programs pursuing food security, girls' education, peace building, private sector partnerships for development outcomes, health sector reform and disasters preparedness and response. The Coady International Institute has provided him the opportunity to reflect on and analyze his field practitioner experiences, and to facilitate learning among development sector leaders who come to attend Coady programs. He has travelled widely, yet has also remained deeply committed to development issues in his home country, India.