Theme

October 27, 2020

Changing Lives and Livelihoods

Supporting the villagers with technical know-how, introducing them to new ways of conserving the more-than-adequate rainwater each year, tying up with government agencies and programmes not only led to alleviating poverty and malnutrition but also gave the village women the confidence to take on leadership positions in local bodies
September 27, 2020

Backyard Poultry Promotion: Learning from Failure

Having the knowledge and the tools to carry out an intervention is not enough for a development professional; understanding the perspective and challenges at the grass roots, motivating women farmers and demonstrating the advantages is vital for the implementation and sustainability of backyard poultry farming
September 25, 2020

Community to Community Learning: Rajasthan to Mali

Taking the successful models and lessons of women’s empowerment and rural economic development from the SHGs in India and applying these in Mali, a region facing similar environmental and socio-economic challenges, is an encouraging example of global collaboration and kinship
September 24, 2020

Adolescent Girls Embrace their Period

By letting go of the shame and secrecy that girls experience about having their period and by openly having discussions and understanding about why they have a period every month, the girls are sending a very powerful message, challenging their subjugation in society
August 31, 2020

Lockdown! Experiences from Odisha

#Jeetenge Hum! PRADAN professionals approached the challenges that the pandemic brought with it by ensuring food for those who had none, motivating villagers to access government schemes, finding innovative solutions for all, including the landless, is a testimony to the buoyancy of the human spirit
August 31, 2020

Impact of the Lockdown on the Rural Women of Odisha

Fetching drinking water twice as many times, cooking and serving larger meals and more often, catering to the demands of the men folk, dealing with drunkenness, and finding resources to keep hunger at bay….village women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic on all fronts. Adding to their woes is the fact that the lockdown has cut off their participation in the SHGs, depriving them of psychological, emotional, financial and social support
August 31, 2020

A Journey of 44 Months: Tribals of Boriguda Claim their Rights to their Forest Land

Understanding the Forest Rights Act, the villagers of Boriguda, led by the women members of the SHGs there, have begun the process of claiming their rights to the forest lands, on and near which they have been living for centuries
August 27, 2020

The Changing Farmlands of Darbha

Adopting simple and affordable technologies is revolutionizing smallholder farming from mono-cropping to cultivating commercial crops in this poor tribal block in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh
August 10, 2020

A Painful Journey of Hunger, Unfulfilled Promises and Shattered Hopes

Now when we look back, we wonder what strength they (migrants) carried. What light at the end of the tunnel could they see? Was it the hope that if not their cities, then their villages will look after them? Or, what is it the pain of broken and unfulfilled promises? Or, what is it just a dire need of sustaining their hunger
July 31, 2020

Checking Migration, Providing Sustainable Livelihood – MGNREGA goes beyond Employment

Decentralised participatory planning through MGNREGA to create durable livelihood assets like farm ponds, orchards, etc, has helped the farmers to increase their livelihood baskets and stopped distressed migration