Nayana Chowdhury
Nayana Chowdhury is Program Manager at IKEA Foundation. She started her career with a grassroots organisation that supports people’s movements to secure basic human rights and entitlements in rural and tribal areas of India. Chowdhury also had a long stint with the Tata Trusts. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Delhi.
April 21, 2017
Child marriages are prevalent in many parts of India. (Photo by Naga Rick)

Breaking the norm of child marriage an uphill task in Uttar Pradesh

A detailed baseline study conducted in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh shows that underage marriages are still widely prevalent, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and this practice holds back girls from realizing their full potential

April 12, 2017
Farmers in many parts of the country are unable to make a living from agriculture alone. (Photo by B.S. Ananth)

Are farmers collateral damage of modern economic growth?

People living in villages, who are migrating in large numbers to urban spaces in search of livelihoods, could be victims of our economic development or perhaps the dismal income growth of farm households is semi-deliberate to keep labor costs low

April 5, 2017
Community resource persons are reaching far corners of India to deliver the promise of development. (Photo by Asian Development Bank)

Community resource persons are torchbearers of a resurgent countryside

The silent revolution of community resource persons fanning out across the country in the past few years to deliver last-mile services needs to be strengthened to bridge the divide between shining and deprived India

March 29, 2017
Despairing farmers driven to suicide has become a common phenomenon in India. (Photo by Prabhu B Doss)

Droughts, floods, and suicides: What Bihar can teach Maharashtra and other states

A deeper dive is needed to draw insights from the low prevalence of farmer suicides in Bihar than in more developed regions of India such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh