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A Portrait of Women's Empowerment in India

Empowering women to participate in economic and social life across sectors is essential to build back stronger economies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and to achieve the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) which puts priority on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030.

An Analysis of the SVAMITVA Scheme: Successes and Way Forward

In India, the survey of rural land for settlement and record was undertaken and completed decades back and moreover, Abadi area of the villages were not surveyed/mapped in most states. Abadi area is the inhabited land/areas adjoining the wadis/basties. Such an area is usually marked by red line in the revenue maps of the villages and is usually referred to as lal dora in most states.

Designing Disability Inclusive Safety Nets in India

India bagged nineteen medals at the Paralympics held in Tokyo in September 2021, and highlighted the achievements of our differently abled athletes on the word stage. Success of this caliber deserves high praise and reflection on the ability of the human spirit to surmount the limitations of one’s physical existence to transgress barriers of our own making. Yet, it also prompts us to examine the quality of life of Persons with Disability (PwD) in India and the policy environment within which they can aspire to live a life of dignity and inclusion.

Investments in India’s huge demographic dividend can influence human capital formation: Turning challenges into opportunities

India has the world's youngest population, with 835 million people under the age of 35 as of 2021. But then again, several other countries have a younger demographic than India, like Chad, Niger, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc. But the factors above put India in the picture of a distinct advantage. Earlier, large populations were seen as an outcome of unplanned growth, overconsumption, and failed results.

Using Evidence in Governance - the Need for an Enabling Ecosystem

Over the last few years, there have been calls to make policy-making more evidence based. But what really is evidence? And how can policy-makers use it? Evidence consists of collecting information in a systematic way and using a number of approaches to answer a particular question. If one asked, what ensures the adequate use of fertilizers by farmers? There would be various ways and methods to answer this including - key informant interviews with the relevant stakeholders, case study of a particular area, an experiment where various theories are tested, etc.

All aboard the Education Express!

This one train goes nowhere but has scores of children and adults alike looking forward to board it every day. Yes, you heard it right. This Education Express at the Government Upper Primary School (GUPS) in Sempliphatak, Shahbad is hard to miss as it stands out against the verdant green fields of Baran.

Improving Social Protection in India – Leveraging Global Indices for Reforms

In seventy-five years of independence, India has embarked on an eventful journey to transgress the legacy of colonial rule and address the challenges of state capacity, poverty and hunger in order to improve the distribution of prosperity, and improve the quality of life of citizens. As a newly independent republic with high levels of poverty (45% by some estimates), and low literacy at 12% and we inherited the two headed hydra of inequality and poverty.

Leveraging Digital Vouchers for Public Service Delivery: e-RUPI

The key challenge with any direct benefit transfer scheme is to ensure if the cash transferred to the beneficiary is being used for the intended outcomes. The recently launched e-RUPI payment system by the Government of India is targeted at linking the social benefit transfers to the intended purpose, and to ensure timely payments to the service providers without any intermediary. e-RUPI is expected to play a major role in ensuring targeted, transparent and leakage-proof delivery of public services.

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