Governance is the nourishment India needs: And Philanthropy, the catalyst

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Niharika Jindal, Associate Strategist, Funding and Collaboration Team, Dasra and Akanksha Malhautra working with development of research reports with Dasra Philanthropy in India is driven by visuals. When asked why they give, many compassionate individuals speak about what they see: “When I saw the little children asking for food at a signal light…” “When I […]

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Stories hidden behind percentages

Category: SLB Connect
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By Sharmila Ray, Senior Program Officer, PRIA SLBConnect is currently live in both program cities of Uttar Pradesh- Rae Bareli and Varanasi. About 35 surveyors are active in both cities collecting data from about 13, 000 households. We are targeting to complete the data collection process by the end of March. The team is collecting […]

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Local Election, Global Aspirations and Inconvenient Realities

Category: SLB Connect
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By Chandan Chawla,  Independent researcher on Urban issues The General Election mandate of May 2014 in favor of single political party has led to articulation of ambitious urban agenda for India that sets forth global aspirations. The smart city terminology occupies a central part of this national urban narrative. It intends to woo neo middle […]

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A day in RAE BARELI……….

Category: SLB Connect
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By Swathi Subramaniam, Program Officer, PRIA I had a chance to visit Rae Bareli for the first time. Rae Bareli is a constituency of Sonia Gandhi and has been the constituency of Gandhi family for many decades. Naturally, I was very much excited and was expecting to see a model constituency. The city has well […]

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Open defecation and India’s urban poor

Category: SLB Connect
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By Sharmila Ray, Senior Program Officer, PRIA A couple of months back my cousin and I got talking about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It’s a good policy if it can be implemented and Prime Minister Modi is right, having strong, efficient sanitation services is a good way to restore dignity to India’s people. Sanitation is […]

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Gendered impacts of water poverty

Category: SLB Connect
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By Sakshi Saini, Senior Program Officer, PRIA No matter which region or state or socio-economic strata one visits, the plight of women remains the same. The only variation is that they face the brunt of all these socially ascribed roles in a different cultural setting. As part of the SLB connect program which aims at […]

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Sustainability of Smart Cities

Category: General
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By Sakshi Saini, Senior Program Officer, PRIA Living anywhere in the world has its own ups and downs, whether it’s a metropolitan city where we have infrastructure, opportunities, traffic, and stress, or a village, where there is no infrastructure, no traffic, but proximity to nature and environment. It depends on how and where we want […]

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