Not a bankable strategy
World Bank's forestry projects have not helped reduce poverty, says its own evaluator
Below Poverty Line census: fudging figures?
A survey currently underway in states to calculate the number of below poverty line households is being opposed tooth and nail by civil society …
Parliament monsoon session: some work done, a lot of time wasted
A look at the business transacted and other highlights
Pitfalls of a uniform food regime
In face of drought and rising food prices, attention shifts to local diet and food diversity
Rural people can now get anganwadis on demand
No substance in budget's agriculture hype
Grains of doubt
Rural affairs ministry rejects wage payment in kind under rural job scheme
‘Forest department is the encroacher’
When V Kishore Chandra Deo became the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Tribal Affairs three months ago, both the ministries were in inertia.…
GDP ignores cost to the environment
Can this flawed measure of growth be reversed?
Poverty level will increase if health expenditure included
Planning Commission factors in less than one rupee a day as health expenditure in its affidavit to the apex court
Why Hirakud dam failed to check flood
The river has strayed from its flood control route
Where’s Bhoodan Land?
Bank’s first contest
Developing countries challenge US monopoly by putting up candidates for World Bank’s presidency
THE SECOND INDEPENDENCE
Tiny forgotten villages teach India a firsthand lesson in governance. Down To Earth reporters and photographers fan out to six states to discover …
Rickshaw pullers get together
On January 5, 2003 hundreds of rickshaw pullers in Hyderabad got together to declare: "Protect our right on roads."
Let states decide
Lean, mean scheme
Budget to start process of reforming Central rural schemes, 45 years after first demand
Ready for guillotining?
Blame it on the foreign hand
Centre's motive behind the unseen "foreign hand" theory is to polarise the development discourse
Tribals have lost their decision-making power twice; first to the state then to the Maoists
Myth of onion
The humble vegetable’s price is not a lethal weapon against politicians but their victim
New leader, old challenge
India’s first PM born after Independence will face the old problem of poverty eradication
Devolution is bankrupt
Now even the World Bank says money should flow to local bodies directly
Have regional parties delivered?
They have not offered an alternative path to development to reflect local aspirations
End of dividend