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Conservation in India: Panchayats show the way

Apr 21, 2008 06:47 AM An NGO in southern India has succeeded in bringing hundreds of hectares of village common land under conservation planning with the help of local village administration. The effort has positively impacted people’s basic needs of fuel, fodder and drinking water.

A silver lining in tribal India

Apr 21, 2008 12:57 AM Ravaged by ethnic unrest and socio-economic deprivation, Karbi Anglong is the first district of Assam in north-east India to have implemented a quality management system for facilitating public services. Cooperative units for dairy processing and banking are a series of development initiatives aimed at freeing the district of its poverty tag.

A trail blazer by dalit women scribes

Apr 06, 2008 06:30 PM What often goes unreported in the mainstream media, finds a place in Khabar Lahariya, a truly people’s newspaper run by Dalit women in Chitrakoot in northern India. Despite their lack of education, these women journalists cover politics, development and a range of issues read by all sections of society.

Proud landowners

Apr 02, 2008 06:30 PM Thanks to the support of the DMK federation of Dalit land rights and Action Aid, the women of Kattiupaiyur, Tamil Nadu, India have reclaimed what once belonged to the oppressed community. Eight years of struggle have made them proud owners of land that they now dream of passing on to their daughters.

Village girl sets bold example

Mar 31, 2008 02:15 AM A young village girl from Rajasthan has become a role model for her community by protesting against her own marriage as a child, a tradition generally accepted as norm in rural India. For her act of heroic defiance, Congress Kanwar was given the National Bravery Award on the Indian Republic Day on January 26.

Weaving change in Chanderi

Mar 27, 2008 06:30 PM Bunkar Vikas Sanstha in Chanderi town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has changed the lives of weavers by helping them earn better incomes. Once bound by poverty and exploited by traders, the community now aspires to use media tools to create more livelihood opportunities.

Documenting lives in Andhra’s saltpans

Jan 29, 2008 10:45 AM What is salt? How is salt made? What would happen if there were no salt?

Children take up their own cause

Jan 17, 2008 10:50 AM Parbhani, Maharashtra: Child rights, we all know, are the responsibility of adults. But how does one go about making sure adults discharge these responsibilities when they are themselves unaware of what they can do, and all their energies are absorbed by just the daily grind of survival anyway?

Women brigade of Haryana

Jan 11, 2008 10:50 AM Mewat, Haryana: The feisty all-women Muslim panchayat (local governing body) in the interiors of Mewat (Haryana) is determined to make its presence felt. “There may be 3 million women panchayat members across the country, but we want our names to figure amongst those who count,” says 47-year-old Ashubi Khan who heads the all-women brigade.

SHGs help combat iodine deficiency disorder

Nov 29, 2007 06:30 PM Small salt producers in the Indian western state of Rajasthan are partnering NGOs and the government in the campaign against iodine deficiency disorders. According to the WFP, Nawa now produces iodised salt as per the national standard.
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Barefoot teachers usher in change

Nov 20, 2007 06:30 PM The Vanasthali Rural Development Centre (VRDC) in Pune was started with a simple thought: to train rural women to enable them start balwadis or nurseries in their villages. Years later, activist Nirmala Purandare's dream has heralded a social revolution with the training of barefoot teachers in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
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India’s Nirmal Gram leading way to cleanliness

Jun 26, 2007 06:30 PM Recipient of this year’s Nirmal Gram Puruskar for 100% sanitation coverage, this Indian village in Rajasthan’s Alwar region is paving the way for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Village school comes out on top in Indian state

Jun 14, 2007 06:30 PM Ranjan K Panda, an Orissa based researcher, writer and development practitioner writes about a Swastik school in Godbhanga village of Orissa, India. WhatÂ’s so special in this rural school is that there arenÂ’t any drop-outs and the school produces better students as compared to other schools in the vicinity.

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