Binju Abraham is a development practitioner, working with rural communities in Jharkhand for the last two decades. He has worked extensively with SHG institutions, natural resource management, and value chain development in tribal regions of the state. He holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University College of Engineering, Sambalpur, and a Masters in Development Studies from Cornell University. Binju is also a Ford Fellow, and is currently anchoring governance pilots and leads PRADAN’s operations in the South Chotanagpur region
We asked ourselves — is there another way to engage with communities? Where ultimately, they can unlock the social capital that they have built, exercise their agency without external help, and where they themselves can decide on their development agenda.
Airing grievances and raising issues regarding the implementation of MGNREGA, the stakeholders utilize the forum of the jan Sunwai to come face-to-face with each other on a single platform to discuss and learn about the shortcomings and problems that each of them face.