Prespectives

September 13, 2017
Parliamentarians adopting villages in their constituencies for holistic development is yet to show significant results. (Photo by Rajeev)

Sagging spirit of Prime Minister’s model village scheme

Has the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, aimed at all-round development of three villages chosen by each Member of Parliament, made any significant impact on the ground?

September 6, 2017
Riverbank erosion on the Beki River continually threatens habitations in Barpeta district of Assam. (Photo by Sayanangshu Modak)

Riverbank erosion no less a disaster than Assam floods

A widespread hazard like riverbank erosion, which continuously affects the poorest and the most vulnerable in the Brahmaputra River Basin in Assam, is not classified as a disaster and does not receive the swift emergency response as floods

September 4, 2017
People find it convenient to buy vegetables at the weekly farmers’ markets in Pune. (Photo by Ajit Kanitkar)

Do farmers’ markets in cities really benefit farmers?

The recent proliferation of weekly farmers’ markets in urban areas is quite useful for consumers but their benefits to farmers are limited at best and cannot replace the practice of selling at wholesale yards

August 30, 2017
Growing medicinal herbs that fetch high prices could be promoted as a form of rural enterprise. (Photo by Pixabay)

Medicinal herbs can form a base for rural enterprises

There is a potentially large livelihoods and enterprise potential in the medicinal herbs sector, which is sadly neglected by grassroots development professionals and ignored by the government despite an acute shortage of modern healthcare services in rural India

August 16, 2017
New horizons for entrepreneurship are opening up as the village economy makes new demands. (Photo by Ravi Teja)

It’s time to explore new possibilities in village enterprises

A new generation of rural businesses are being established to cater to the changing needs of the countryside that require very little capital infusion to start and expand. There is now a need to put in place a financial ecosystem for these enterprises to thrive

August 9, 2017
NGOs have played a pivotal role in the women’s self-help group movement in India. (Photo by McKay Savage)

Rural India needs a reformed NGO sector

The need of the hour in the non-governmental sector is for the government to keep a transparent check on non-performing NGOs while recognizing and appreciating NGOs and their teams that make a positive contribution towards rural development

August 2, 2017
Finding full employment in rural areas is not easy. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Non-farm enterprises as job creators in rural India

Targeted interventions and managerial assistance to promote non-farm rural enterprises have the potential to create a large number of jobs in the countryside while at the same time stemming the flow of distress migration

July 26, 2017
The villagers of Varoti contributed voluntary labor to build a well for drinking water. (Photo by Sunil Jorkar)

Varoti villagers demonstrate the power of collective action

A new model of active engagement between villagers, the implementing non-profit and a corporate philanthropic foundation in Varoti village in Maharashtra shows a new way forward for development interventions through the corporate social responsibility route

July 19, 2017
A village shopkeeper in Himachal Pradesh. (Photo by Michael Foley)

Village entrepreneurship as a key to rural growth

The active promotion of enterprises in rural India is a possible way to further growth in the countryside and there’s need to examine their possibilities and limitations in order to tackle the problem of burgeoning unemployment

July 14, 2017
NGO executives attending a village meeting. (Photo by Austin Yoder)

The shape of India’s non-profits in the 21st century

NGOs in India need to adapt to the shifting landscape of India by working in tandem with the state and markets, and retain their difference. This is a critical reform or perish phase for them.