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Rajesh Tandon's Writings

Over four decades, Dr Rajesh Tandon has engaged in research, training and educational work over a wide variety of themes to strengthen the capacities and institutional mechanisms of voluntary development organizations in India and other developing countries.  He has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals based on this work on themes such as participatory research, people-centred development, development management, democratic governance, civic engagement, civil society, governance and management of NGOs, and networking, coalition and alliance building. This section on Dr Rajesh Tandon’s writings makes available his writings on various themes.


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Decolonization of knowledge, epistemicide, participatory research and higher education



The Hidden Universe of Non-profit Organisations in India

Capacity Building


Knowledge Democracy & Excellence in Engagement



Incorporating Rural Concerns within Higher Education in India



Convocation Address delivered at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Basar, Telengana on May 02, 2017



Strengthening Partnerships Between Government & Civil Society

Civil Society


The interview to Rajesh Tandon and Josep M. Vilalta



Keynote Address at Indian Social Work Congress 2015

24 October 2015



ASPBAE@Crossroads: Reflections at the Festival of Learning to celebrate ASPBAE’S 50 Years

19 November 2014

Adult Education


Civil Society Formations and Engagements with Governance

Civil Society

Proposal for Clearing House and Information Support to Grass Root Action Groups in India


Civil Society


Asian Regional Particpatory Research Network


Participatory Research


A Note on Problems Faced in the Implementation of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976 as Amended in 1984 and its Associated Rules

6 1988 Civil Society

A Report on the Participatory Research Project in the Asian Region

2 1979 Participatory Research ASPBAE

Taxing Time for Non-Profit Sector

1 2009 Civil Society Business Standard, 23 August

Evaluation of Peer Group Project

40 1979 Participatory Research Seva Mandir Report, Public enterprises centre for continuing education.

ASPBAE and its Structure: Some Thoughts

3 1987 Education

Rural Development: Problem and Prospects

10 1979 Rural Development Productivity, Jan-March

Common Platform: Some Initial Thoughts

8 1987 Civil Society

Issues and Experiences in Participatory Research in Asia

10 1979 Participatory Research Paper presented during the adult education research seminar held at Kungalv, Sweden, June 25-27

Mazboot ho loktantrik dhancha

1 2007 Panchayati Raj Rashtriya Sahara, 17 July

Interview as Catalysts in a Community Setting

9 1978 Participatory Research Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol-63, No-2

False Contradictions

15 1987 Civil Society

Towards a personalized understanding of organizations:Experience and its metaphor

20 1974 Capacity Building

The Dance of Shiva

1 2009 Civil Society Ontrac, September 2009

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    Dr Sushil Trivedi, IAS (Retd.)
    Former State Election Commissioner
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    Vidyanand Vikal, Chairperson
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    Government of Bihar
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    Prof. Budd Hall, Co-Chair
    UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
    University of Victoria, Canada
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    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
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    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
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    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO