Freedom-n-Responsibility

by |

“We are taught not to interfere with others; दूसरों के पचड़े में न पड़े. But this is not right; अन्याय के खिलाफ चुप नहीं रह सकते; we have duties and responsibilities towards society” – youth voice from Jaipur “बोल के लब आज़ाद हैं तेरे…Engage, speak, join…we are the future” – youth voice from Delhi “Why […]

Read more


Charitable Philanthropy and the (Non-)Governance of Foundations

by |

  In recent months, considerable public attention has been focused on questions of transparency and accountability of civil society organisations around the world. Grassroots and advocacy NGOs are especially being targeted for scrutiny, harassment and black-listing by various government agencies and the media. Much less attention has been paid to the transparency and accountability of […]

Read more


Donald Trumps Hillary?

by |

Just one more day, and we will know the next President of the United States. It has been a contested election, to say the least. I watched the third and final presidential debate from a hotel in Michigan. Despite my strong disagreement on a wide variety of issues with Republican candidate Donald Trump, I must […]

Read more


Is representation of women in development real?

by |

  The question of women in development has today evolved into a more holistic and inclusive approach of one called ‘gender and development’. In a developing world, ‘gender and development’ provides wide scope for inclusion of marginalised women and, importantly, for securing the rights of women, third gender and other groups which have faced neglect […]

Read more


#LiteracyInEverydayLife

by |

Today is the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. On the streets of Jaipur, a self-employed magician is using his mobile to solicit clients. When I chanced to meet him about three months ago, he raised my curiosity by showing a few ‘tricks’ on the pavement itself. As I began to leave him, he asked  […]

Read more


Is “Lodha Medicine” the Bitter Pill Indian Olympians Need?

by |

Indian Olympians have been performing poorly in the the Rio Olympics and the same state is repeated every four years. As we watched the fantastic performances of sportsmen and women in Rio Olympics every day this past week, we became acutely aware of the widespread ‘sickness’ in the Indian Olympic team. Once again, our sportsmen […]

Read more


Migrant Children Deserve An Education

by |

Migration poses a problem in terms of health care, sanitation, livelihoods and, most importantly, education of migrant children. Surrounded by brick industries which provide seasonal employment, migration in Boni Gram Panchayat is high and the children of these migrant families end up paying the price. The village of Boni is located in the northeastern part […]

Read more


Brexit: Don’t Blame Democracy!

by |

After the Brexit vote, people have blamed the referendum itself, the very act of giving citizens a voice in democracy! Don’t blame democracy. Introspect on the huge disconnect in the UK, says Rajesh Tandon, President, PRIA. Ever since the results of the referendum in UK showed that 52% of its citizens had voted to ‘leave’ European […]

Read more


Can “Collage-n” change communities?

by |

Ruchika Tara Mathur, Program Officer, participated in the community organizing workshop conducted by PRIA last month for program staff. Is the collage-making activity (or “collage-n”, as she likes to call it) which she learnt in the training a much-needed shot in the arm for community workers to energise the communities they work in to adopt changes in attitudes […]

Read more


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

by |

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 […]

Read more