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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)
Green panel clears Central Vista project
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 12 May, 2021 12:28 PM

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)
Need to set up an inter-state migration council: NHRC study
Absence of skill assessment and skill certification a major barrier Posted on 10 May, 2021 11:49 AM

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 Posted on 09 May, 2021 10:49 AM

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)
Migrant workers stranded yet again
81% of the workers reported that work has stopped due to locally declared lockdowns: SWAN study Posted on 06 May, 2021 08:28 PM

As the death toll and positivity rate in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic stays alarmingly high, lockdowns and other restrictions have been instituted in many parts of the country.

Jeevan Rath 2.0 helped people get back home in June 2020. Migrants from Chhattisgarh were stuck in Pune when CYDA came in contact with them and arranged their transportation and food through support of Jeevan Rath and SwissAid. (Image: Maha C19 PECONet Collaborative/IWP Flickr)
Centre notifies fly ash utilisation draft rules
Policy matters this week Posted on 29 Apr, 2021 10:42 AM

Draft rules call for 100 percent utilisation of fly ash in three to five years

An NTPC thermal plant (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Why our food systems need to be changed?
Transforming food systems after COVID-19 Posted on 25 Apr, 2021 11:29 AM

COVID-19 pandemic and the associated policy responses highlighted and often exacerbated weaknesses and inequalities in our food systems. Many vulnerable people faced threats to their immediate food security, health, and nutrition restrictions.

Vegetable stand at a market in India (Image: ILRI/Mann; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Support migrant workers through an inclusive recovery process: Rozgaar survey report
75% of the surveyed workers did not have any source of income post lockdowns, 45% reported difficulty due to food shortages and 31% had no access to healthcare Posted on 20 Apr, 2021 03:39 PM

A recent study on the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in India indicates that almost 75% of the surveyed workers did not have any source of income after the lockdown and almost 45% reported difficulty due to food shortages.

Workers apprehensive of migrating back to destination states to look for work (Image: ILO Asia-Pacific)
Skilling and engaging first mile actors to enable local water management: Context, opportunities, and engagement possibilities
Based on conversations with Dr Tushaar Shah and Mr Ved Arya Posted on 17 Apr, 2021 11:46 AM

Every year, programs of central and state governments and donor-supported programs train thousands of people who work to implement programs on water and sanitation in their villages.

There is an urgency to create a database of such skilled persons and engage them in future programs or on a long-term basis through different engagement models. (Image: ForWater Partners)
Swacchagrahis: The frontline workers of India's largest sanitation program
There is a need for long term sustained engagement of the skilled workforce for water and sanitation Posted on 13 Apr, 2021 02:04 PM

There is good evidence that frontline workers have proved to be gamechanger in the delivery of services like health and integrated child development services (ICDS).

Swachhagrahis are the motivators for bringing about behaviour change concerning key sanitation practices in rural India. (Image: SBM)
Conservation of water commons through community fishery
The village institution collectively framed rules for the governance and management of these water commons Posted on 08 Apr, 2021 02:00 PM

Located in the Bichhiya block of Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh, Changariya is a small village comprising 265 households.

The efforts have resulted in the revival of the ponds. (Image: FES)
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