Rapid Action Learning Unit under SBM in Andhra Pradesh: An Experiment Worth Replicating

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Sakshi Saini, Asst. Program Manager, writes about PRIA’s experience in establishing and supporting the Rapid Action Learning Unit (RALU) in Andhra Pradesh, which shows the action-learning approach to development is becoming a reality, and RALU is an experiment worth replicating in all sectors and states.   In India, hundreds of centrally or state sponsored development […]

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Make Policy, Forget About It

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Policy making in any country is increasingly challenging. It has become more so in democracies like India. Students of public policy in India may find it hard to clearly explain how such policies are formulated. And more critically, how such policies are implemented? The political economy of policy-making in a country like India has to […]

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Rush to Form Political Parties in India

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Several new political parties are being formed in India as the proposed amendment in the Finance Bill 2016 will enable them to receive foreign funding from ‘foreign’ sources. Some of the new parties are likely to be called ‘Green & Peace Party’, ‘Sabrang Party’, ‘Participatory Party’, ‘Human Rights Party’, ‘Collectives Party’, ‘Nationalist Party’, ‘Azaadi Party’, […]

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There Was Always Water

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Phoolo. I met Phoolo in the metro station in Gurgaon on my way to work on the morning of 6th April. As I was preparing to make a frantic dash across the station, I heard a soft voice asking me for help to swipe a token. I turned to see a middle aged woman. Frail […]

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Water Today: Source of Life or Death?

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The Mumbai High Court yesterday asked the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) why millions of litres of water should be used for preparing pitches for IPL cricket matches in Maharashtra this month when lakhs of households are thirsty in Latur and several other districts of the state due to severe drought. As […]

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लिखना जरूरी है

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Alok Pandey, Deputy Director, PRIA thinks writing is an important skill for development workers. His reflections come at the end of the first day of PRIA’s Learning Week, held between 4 and 9 April 2016. संवादों के बिना मानव जीवन अधूरा सा महसूस होता है। संवादों के अभाव में एक इंसान दूसरे इंसान तक अपनी […]

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Royal Democrats: Power Behind the Throne

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As king of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra witnessed (some would suggest supervised) the war between his sons (Kauravas) and nephews (Pandavas) during the period of Mahabharat. Blind from birth, reluctantly forced to occupy the throne, he was manipulated by powers behind the throne. While such examples of power behind the thrones were common in the days of […]

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The battle is yet to be won…

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On the occasion of Women’s Day, Sakshi Saini draws our attention to the words we can use when referring to relationships between men and women to take forward our #PledgeforParity   “Maalik baahar gayein hai, aayenge to aap ko sab bata dengey” (The owner has gone out. You will get all the answers once he […]

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#Feminism In Everyday Life

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What is feminism? Who is a feminist? Can boys and men be feminists? Is women’s empowerment only women’s responsibility? On the occasion of 105th centenary of International Women’s Day, March 8 2016, let me narrate a few ordinary occurrences in the recent past: • A local college student asked her male colleague to serve water to […]

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Why Reclaiming Civil Space Is Critical for Democratic Renewal

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“Certain black-marketers, opposition parties and NGOs are conspiring to defame me and destabilise my government”—Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 21, 2016 “We have launched a new initiative in solar renewable energy with support from governments of America, France and Bill Gate’s NGO” —Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22, 2016 In the last week […]

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