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June 4, 2021

Understanding Rural Society in Pandemic Times through Virtual Field Visits

Collaborating with PRADAN and organizing virtual field visits is a creative way to bridge the gap, in current times for students, between theory and practice; this may well-nigh be a complementary methodology that can be continued even after the crisis brought about by the pandemic has abated
March 23, 2021

Towards an Effective Language of Facilitation

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
February 24, 2021

Accelerating Change through Government-CSO Collaboration: Field Experiences from Bastar

Combining the resources of the government, the expertise of the CSO and implementation by the community is the way forward, with each contributing its strength and providing what the others cannot while recognising the value of interdependence
February 23, 2021

The Narmada Mahila Sangh Paralegal System: In Quest of a Sustainable Model to Address Gender Violence

Generating livelihoods and alleviating poverty is one aspect of rural upliftment; the other challenge is to create awareness of gender equality, rights and justice among women.
February 11, 2021

Reflections on Working and Walking with the Youth of Chakai

Delving into the lens through which we typically categorize the youth of today, the author invites the youth of his community to bring to their awareness certain fundamental questions that lie just beneath their everyday pre-occupations
February 5, 2021

Learning from the Pandemic: Collaboration is the Way Ahead

Realizing that it was staring at a deadly crisis of immense magnitude and proportions, the PRADAN team swung into action, collaborating with the local administration and institutions, to care for the survival and well-being of all members of the community
November 26, 2020

Which witch hunting?

“They all pinned me down, grabbed my arms and legs so I was unable to move and shaved my head while I kept screaming and begging them to let me go.”
November 24, 2020

Challenges in Designing a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

This article explores the necessity, scope and issues related to developing a culturally integrated curriculum for rural areas, bringing what is taught in schools closer to social life
November 21, 2020

Local Food: The Future of Our Village Economy

The COVID pandemic has brought about an unexpected realization among villagers—the value of their traditional food items and practices, which are resilient, sustainable and can be relied upon to help them live through any crisis
October 30, 2020

Restoring Fertility through the Ridge-to-Valley Approach

Working on finding scientific ways to increase the availability of water in villages through most of the year led to collaboration between various stakeholders, including the community, the forest department, the MGNREGA cell and PRADAN. The secret lay in inclusion, building trust and collaboration while working for a common goal.