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November 6, 2022 In 2020, 559 million children were affected by four to five heatwaves a year; numbers could increase four-fold by 2050, as per a report by UNICEF
Heat-related mortality is four times higher among children under 1 year of age than in persons aged 1–44 years (Image: Taqver, Wikimedia Commons)
October 22, 2022 Role of MGNREGA in the year after the 2020 lockdown: Survey findings from Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh
MGNREGA provided income support or security to vulnerable households during the pandemic (Image: UN Women)
October 14, 2022 Arthan organizes a fireside chat to highlight the need for more data talent for social impact
There is a need to integrate data science into the existing education system (Image: Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan, Public Domain Pictures)
September 9, 2022 Highlights from a new report released by iFOREST
An old coal-fired power plant has been dumping vast quantities of ash out in the open for many years. (Image: Lundrim Aliu/ World Bank; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
July 14, 2022 The river is faced with the dual problem of flood plain encroachment and growing levels of water pollution
Illegal transverse check dams (Badhals) built on Ichamati near a village in Basirhat (Image: Prithviraj Nath @ TheWaterChronicles)
July 10, 2022 People in India fleeing disasters like drought more likely to have experienced trafficking or modern slavery than those fleeing floods or cyclones
The country's climate change assessment suggests things are only going to get worse (Image: Saurav Karmakar, India Water Portal Flickr)
Will Darjeeling’s thirst be quenched?
Poor access and mismanagement of the available water resources continue to plague Darjeeling. Can there be a way out? Posted on 17 Nov, 2021 02:08 PM

India’s urban population is expected to grow around 800 million by 2050, which is predicted to create major challenges for urban water management.

Darjeeling, in the grip of a water crisis (Image Source: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons)
Improving access to climate finance critical
India must collaborate with other countries to create a Global Resilience Reserve Fund to act as insurance against climate shocks: CEEW study. Posted on 04 Nov, 2021 10:32 AM

More than 80% cent Indians live in climate-vulnerable districts, according to a recently released report ‘

Bihar floods of 2008 (Image: M Asokan, Public
Move to amend forest law raises concerns
Comments on the proposed amendments to Forest Conservation Act, 1980: Submission to the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy Posted on 31 Oct, 2021 10:06 PM

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a 

Dallirajhara forest of Chhattisgarh (Image: Tanvir Khan, Pixabay)
Hand hygiene, a public policy issue
Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’ Posted on 15 Oct, 2021 08:45 AM

The simple act of cleaning hands can save lives and reduce illness by helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The benefits of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases have been known since 1850.

Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
300 organisations from across the globe call for no climate finance for hydropower
News this fortnight Posted on 06 Oct, 2021 10:06 PM

Hydropower is not fit for climate finance according to 300 organisations worldwide

Gambhir dam near Ujjain (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Understanding the thinking behind IEC in large programs
Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience Posted on 04 Oct, 2021 03:24 PM

Our governing ministries in the Centre and in States plan several programs every year for the overall betterment of lives and livelihoods of the masses, and many of them require people to under

Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
Lift irrigation cooperatives provide irrigation to tribal drylands
Existing government schemes and programmes offer good potential for scale-up these cooperatives in various states Posted on 06 Sep, 2021 03:59 PM

The earliest known civilizations settled around rivers as they provided access to the water needed for cultivating crops. Over time, humans learnt to control the flow of water by the construction of barriers across the direction of the river flow.

Simalaghasi check dam across Panam river, Dahod constructed by NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation (Image: NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation)
How Paani Foundation harnesses the power of communication for social transformation
Committed to use the power of all forms of communication to bring about behavioral change and transformation at scale Posted on 04 Sep, 2021 12:05 PM

Paani Foundation was created in 2016, with the vision of making Maharashtra drought-free. From 2016 to 2019, Paani Foundation organized four Water Cup competitions, whose main objective was to make villages water secure through watershed development.

Villagers participating in shramdaan for making watershed structures (Image: Paani Foundation)
Study calls for securing water sustainability in Chennai
Best practices for holistic urban water management in Chennai Metropolitan Area Posted on 01 Sep, 2021 01:43 PM

Water stress has specifically magnified for metropolitan cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, etc.

These bright plastic jugs are ubiquitous in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. (Image: McKay Savage, Flickr Commons; CC BY 2.0)
Participatory irrigation management brings water back to communities
A case study that documents canal repair experiences and showcases strategy approaches and lessons from the field. Posted on 27 Aug, 2021 02:59 PM

​This case study documents the experiences of Canal Repairing of Pawla MI Tank in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. It highlights the approach strategies applied by the Development Support Centre (DSC) and the lessons learnt from field implementation.

Evening Dialogue on Community Governance on Canal Irrigation Management (Source: Development Support Center)