January 14, 2022

The Woman Farmer: Taking Ownership, Claiming Space

Having realised that they deserve to claim their space as farmers and that they are equally capable as men of taking sound decisions on agriculture, the women of Samnapur find strength in the organisation they formed, experiencing the power of the collectives intent and action
January 8, 2022

Conservation for Transformation: Coming together today for a sustainable tomorrow

Rather than depending on mega projects that will bring water to the villages, it is far more beneficial is it to have multiple, small water-conservation structures dotting the villages, ensuring not just its perennial source but also generating alternative crop and livelihood options, as experienced in the villages of Chhattisgarh
December 10, 2021

Embedding Traditional Knowledge About Diet and Health Into Learning Resources

The Sustainable Food Systems project aims to address food and nutrition security alongside gender equality in the poorest regions of India and seeks to increase dialogue around diet and health and share knowledge. One way to enable communities to reclaim traditional knowledge about diet and health is through curriculum development.
December 1, 2021

Harnessing Water, Harvesting Prosperity: The USHARMUKTI Watershed Project

Persuading the women farmers to set aside some land for creating water harvesting structures seemed a Herculean challenge initially; however, when they saw the numerous benefits and ways to increase their household income, they became crusaders espousing the project and encouraging others to follow suit!
November 11, 2021

A ‘Selfish’ Social Worker Is Not Such A Bad Idea!

Considering the implications of pathological altruism in social work, this article is based on the assumption that some people may, sometimes, act ‘social’ as a way of living vicariously through their developmental beneficiaries. If true, this has negative personal and professional consequences. The author alerts us to our practices and provokes development professionals to introspect about the subtle psychological dynamics of their work
November 11, 2021

पहली सैलरी

पहली सैलरी पालकोट टीम के शुभांकन द्वारा रचित एक भाव युक्त लेख है जिसमें लेखक ने प्रदान संस्था में कार्य करते हुए गाँव के एक घर में अपने विलेज़ स्टे के दिनों का स्मरण किया है। यह लेख शहर से आए हुए एक युवक, गाँव के ग्रामीणों के साथ उसका जुड़ाव और उन ग्रामीणों की मासूमियत का एक सुंदर चित्रण है। प्रस्तुत विवरण के माध्यम से लेखक ने गाँव में व्यतीत किऐ सुख-दुःख के क्षणों एवं उसकी ख़ुशी के लिए समर्पित ग्रामीणों के प्रयासों को अपनी प्रदान की पहली कमाई के चश्मे से दर्शाने का प्रयत्न किया है।
November 10, 2021

Women’s Empowerment and its Psychological Repercussions: The Less-talked-about Narrative

Opening up avenues of change and enhanced economic stability and encouraging village women to take on leadership roles in the community is transformative and satisfying…however, this brings with it an increased burden of responsibilities for them as well as an increase in the psychological abuse they face in their families: Does PRADAN have the capability to hold or address this?
September 15, 2021

Empowering Women, Anchoring Change: Collaboration and Persistence Show the Way

With a little bit of support and encouragement, the women of the community prove to be natural leaders, stepping into the unknown, being capable of taking decisions, and carrying forward the work of improving the standard of their lives, physically and economically. The women of Majhidi-Gokulnagar exemplify this in no uncertain terms.
September 13, 2021

Mujhe Nyay Chahiye, Paise Nahin : A Collective’s Fight for Justice

Building awareness of the rights women have to a life of dignity and one free of violence, and helping them speak up against the violation, not just their physical bodies but also of their dignity found its first success when the women en masse voiced their opposition to the ‘justice’ meted out for them by the traditional village justice mechanism. A beginning has been made…
September 9, 2021

Woman of Indomitable Spirit and Will: Rekha Majhi

Displaying tremendous focus and persistence, Rekha Majhi chose to learn from each challenge life presented her, knowing that betterment and transformation of lives is directly proportionate to the efforts she makes and the conviction she has in her abilities