Governance

September 20, 2019
The hardy Amrit Mahal breed of Karnataka that once enjoyed royal patronage has been dwindling in numbers (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Native Amrit Mahal cattle need better conservation

There is an urgent need for better conservation of Amrit Mahal, a draughty, native breed of Karnataka that can toil and endure for long hours at a stretch, but have been dwindling in numbers

September 13, 2019
Participatory learning and action meetings have helped participants like Saraswati Bodra take care of the nutrition needs of her twin sons and that of herself before and after delivery (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Better awareness improves maternal and child health

Awareness meetings that equip women with knowledge on health and nutrition during pregnancy and after childbirth is helping to tackle malnutrition in rural Singhbhum in Jharkhand

September 11, 2019
An integrated approach to technology in education helps students from marginalized sections create projects within the local context (Photo by Tata Trusts)

Digital tech in curriculum enriches participatory learning

By enabling teachers design applications and help students create artifacts, best practices in use of technological tools can facilitate contextualized learning and its application

September 6, 2019
Jeerabai Bhunjia’s mother-in-law holds her grandchild to perform a ritual. Tribal customs is one of the reasons for women returning home immediately after delivery (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Bhunjia women need better care after childbirth

Women of Odisha’s forest-dwelling tribes face a greater health risk because of their preference for childbirth at home. Counseling by health workers is now slowly helping new mothers get better postnatal care

September 4, 2019
Rural health workers are typically overburdened and have to work in trying conditions (Photo by Piyal Adhikary)

Missing foot soldiers in the war on poverty

Unless the government improves the anemic delivery structure of rural health and education, the neglected and overworked frontline workers will not be able to fight underdevelopment adequately

August 28, 2019
Community bathing spaces near sources of water help rural women bathe in privacy at their convenience using clean water (Photo by Vaishnavi Pawar)

Community bathrooms help women bathe in privacy

For most women in Bengal’s villages, a bath is a hurried dip in ponds while fully clothed to avoid the unwelcome male gaze. Community bathrooms enable them bathe in private and maintain better hygiene

August 21, 2019
Mobilizing rural communities is no easy task (Photo by Jan Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Ghazipur)

More attention needed on community mobilizers

Rural development programs often take community mobilization for granted, and those who dedicate themselves to this difficult task are ignored or neglected. This needs to change

August 16, 2019
People in the hilly Upputhode village still live in fear of another landslide (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Recurrent floods traumatize people in rural Kerala

Even as Kerala reels under yet another flood due to extreme rainfall, people in the tiny village of Upputhode in the Western Ghats are still traumatized from the loss they suffered in last year’s deluge

August 12, 2019
Women in coastal villages in Tamil Nadu like Roachmanagar are now trained how to act in the event of a natural disaster like storm surges (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Coastal communities in Tamil Nadu prepare for disasters

Fishing communities living on the Bay of Bengal coast in Tamil Nadu, who are vulnerable to extreme weather events, are being trained by the Tamil Nadu government to prepare for disasters

August 9, 2019
Rice nursery mats await transplantation at St Estevam Island, Goa, in 2019 (Photo by Pamela D’Mello)

Community farming in Goa stops land conversion

Many villagers in Goa have banded together to revive rice cultivation through collective mechanized sowing and transplanting. The success in several villages has now become a catalyst for others