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September 21, 2023 PESA Act unleashed: The Mahila Sangh's ongoing governance transformation
Women from the Mahila Gram Sangh (Image: FES)
February 16, 2023 What are the key elements that can help in efficient execution and the success of community led water security programmes at scale?
Women building a water tank at Chopriali, Uttarakhand (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
January 31, 2023 A comprehensive review of the many development projects in the planning and early implementation stages needs to be done
Need to declare Himalayas as an eco-sensitive zone (Image: Bibek Raj Pandeya, Wikimedia Commons)
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 15, 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 15, 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)
Governance, incentives, and performance in urban water utilities
A study highlights the importance of regulation in improving water utility performance in India Posted on 21 Sep, 2023 07:57 PM

Balancing the competing priorities of socioeconomic and environmental goals within water utilities poses a formidable challenge in developing nations. In the case of India's water sector, it grapples with issues such as financial deficits, limited accessibility, and substandard service quality.

Study suggests increasing the duration of water supply hours could lead to improved service performance (Image: Pixnio)
Empowered by the PESA Act, a Mahila Sangh relentlessly works to reclaim governance
PESA Act unleashed: The Mahila Sangh's ongoing governance transformation Posted on 21 Sep, 2023 05:42 PM

In 2018, when the communities of Ghatanji Block in Yavatmal attended a workshop about the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act, the information accessed brought about a shift in their perspective, where they felt empowered to reclaim common resources that rightfully belonged to them.

Women from the Mahila Gram Sangh (Image: FES)
Water policies in India: Past and present
How has the National Water Policy in India evolved over the years? Read these FAQs. Posted on 11 Sep, 2023 08:10 PM

What is the state of water in India? 

Effective policymaking is one of the key principles to achieve good governance (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
India's updated ESG reporting format and rules
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 31 Jul, 2023 11:51 AM

India’s updated sustainability reporting format and rules for ESG ratings providers

India has rigorous environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosure norms (Image: WallpaperFlare)
Building solidarities for just futures
Conclave brings together people’s collectives who have been defending the rights of marginalised communities Posted on 16 Jun, 2023 08:37 PM

ActionAid Association, in its commitment to work with the most marginalized communities and to build community-led initiatives, hosted a two-day national conclave on June 9- 10, 2023, in Delhi.

The conclave highlighted the challenges and instances of marginalization that exist due to factors such as land dispossession, forced displacement, lack of access to education, healthcare, and basic amenities, and limited representation in decision-making processes. (Image: Simon Williams/Ekta Parishad; Wikimedia Commons)
How Indian laws are shaping the course of environmental sustainability
An in-depth exploration of environmental sustainability and the Indian legal system Posted on 09 Jun, 2023 05:47 PM

Environmental sustainability is a globally recognised need that has grown in prominence over the last few decades. Defined as the judicious use of natural resources to support long-term ecological balance, environmental sustainability presents an array of complex challenges, particularly for a populous and rapidly developing nation like India.

Indian environmental jurisprudence has been significantly shaped by a series of landmark judgments (Image: Carbon Herald)
Securing land rights for deprived urban communities
ActionAid drives change for deprived urban communities' rights to land, housing, and basic amenities Posted on 30 May, 2023 05:39 PM


Communities assert their right to urban land (Image: Abraham Chacko, Flickr Commons, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))
Digital technologies, for locally led water governance
Can digital technologies aid in better decision making and management, governance and distribution of water equitably, transparently and sustainably at the local level? Experiences reveal that technology can often act as double edged sword. Posted on 22 Mar, 2023 09:15 AM

Atpadi, a taluka in Sangli district of southern Maharashtra and  situated in the rain-shadow of the Western Ghats, was often called as ‘the land of dushkal (droughts)’ and experienced one of its worst droughts in 2012,  followed by those again in  2016 and 2019. 

Can digital technologies aid local level decision making? (Image Source: SOPPECOM)
Executing participatory programs at scale
What are the key elements that can help in efficient execution and the success of community led water security programmes at scale? Posted on 16 Feb, 2023 12:03 AM

The dictionary definition of “execution” is the act or process of executing, carrying through something to its finish. By this yardstick, many water security efforts would be found wanting. Most programs start, but rarely finish in that it is difficult to trace the training to planning to implementation on the ground.

Women building a water tank at Chopriali, Uttarakhand (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
India issues notice to Pakistan to renegotiate Indus Waters Treaty to optimise water use
Policy matters this month Posted on 02 Feb, 2023 12:36 PM

India issues notice to Pakistan seeking modification to Indus Waters Treaty

Indus River between Domkhar and Skurbuchen (Image: Keith Goyden, India Water Portal Flickr)