News and Articles

Managing natural resources at scale in Meghalaya
Improving livelihood opportunities by engaging communities Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week ago

Meghalaya, a small hilly state located in the North Eastern Region of India has an area of 22,429 sq. km., which is 0.68% of the country’s geographical area. The state is divided into three regions: Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills.

Meghalaya's indigenous people historically have immense knowledge about their environment and natural resources. (Image: Meghalaya Basin Management Agency)
Fostering rural livelihoods post COVID
Income loss top concern for rural communities, says study Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week ago

As per a new study conducted by the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) and IIMPACT, an NGO loss of income and livelihood are among the top concerns for rural communities struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Must have protocols for timely action and outreach in times of need (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
Rural realities amid second COVID surge
Practitioner's experiences in tackling the second wave in Indian villages Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week ago

The second wave of COVID-19 has now spread to the rural pockets of the country at a much faster rate than it did during the first wave of the outbreak.

There is a need to strengthen the capacities of ASHA workers, and other healthcare and grassroots workers. (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
About time inland waterways feasibility is reassessed
Serious questions about the dependability of waterways Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

In 2016, 106 rivers or river stretches were declared as national inland waterways, and the development of many of these new waterways along with the already existing ones was prioritized for large scale commercial navigation and shipping.

Dredging in progress on National Waterway-1 (Image: IWAI)
Fifty million people in Indian cities lack access to safe drinking water
News this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Fifty million people in fifteen cities in India have no access to safe, affordable drinking water: UNICEF report

Green panel clears Central Vista project
Policy matters this fortnight Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Green panel clears Central Vista projects

Rajpath's Central Vista Avenue project (Image: Students of Master in Sustainable Architecture at Central University of Rajasthan, Counterview)
Bathing spaces for women - crucial for WASH!
Bathing spaces and not toilets alone, aid women in maintaining health and hygiene. It is time the Swachh Bharat Mission pays attention to bathing spaces as well! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

While it is known that women and girls experience considerable challenges than men and boys in accessing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) resources, there is minimal discussion on bathing spaces for women while the focus continues to be on toilet construction.

A temperory bathing space with no water and privacy in a fishing village in Tamil Nadu (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Need to set up an inter-state migration council: NHRC study
Absence of skill assessment and skill certification a major barrier Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

A research study by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on ‘Social security and health rights of mi

The study points out prejudices and discrimination against inter-state migrant workers and how most local people consider migrant labourers as outsiders. (Image: Paradiz, Pixabay)
Migrant workers and human rights
A critical study of India’s COVID-19 lockdown policy Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

India was one of the leading countries to swiftly implement the initial lockdown in March 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, but still, the lockdown failed and within a few months, it joined the list of countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Need to introduce a new pandemic policy that is more humane, adaptive, and inclusive in nature (Image: Rajesh Balouria, Pixabay)
Serious efforts needed to curb carbon emissions
Will the promises by major nations at the recent climate summit bring the world closer to the Paris goals? Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

The Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States President Joe Biden has come to a successful conclusion.

On January 20, 2021 United States rejoined the Paris Accord (Image: Kai Stachowiak; Public Domain license)