Shuvajit Chakraborty is Executive (Projects) at PRADAN. He has expertise in INRM, watershed management, governance and diversified agriculture. Having had long experience of working with SHGs, he now has special interest in gender dynamics within developmental processes. He is also an Action Researcher, working on the contextual knowledge systems of the Santhal community in South Bihar. He is currently the project co-coordinator with Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS) project, and is coordinating the project ‘CHIRAG: Creative Hub for Innovation and Reciprocal Research and Action for Gender Equality’. He holds a BTech degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology.
Imposing developmental solutions in a language foreign to the villagers is a pitfall that Development Practitioners must avoid. True transformation happens when practitioners communicate their knowledge and wisdom in the local language and with deep understanding of the traditional culture and practices of the tribals they are engaged with
Coming face to face with rampant corruption in the implementation of the provisions of MGNREGA, the women of Jivan Marshal Mahila Sangh refuse to buckle down to the local oppressors and an apathetic bureaucracy