Sustainable Tourism At Lonar Lake In Maharashtra: A Geopark Approach

Archana Mishra[1] and Rekha Maitra[2] [1] Assistant Professor, Jai Hind College (Autonomous), MumbaiEmail: archana.mishra@jaihindcollege.edu.in [2] PGT-Tourism, GD Goenka School, East DelhiEmail: rekhavmaitra@gmail.com Title: Sustainable Tourism At Lonar Lake In Maharashtra: A Geopark Approach Author(s): Archana Mishra and Rekha Maitra Keywords: Geo Park, tourism, Sustainability, biodiversity, conservation, ecotourism, local community, smart tourism. Issue Date: 21 February […]

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Community Participation in Rural Healthcare System: A Narrative Review

Manoranjan Mohapatra[1] [1] Research Investigator, Population Research Centre, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar Email: manoranjanmohapatra.jnu@gmail.com Title: Community Participation in Rural Healthcare System: A Narrative Review Author(s): Manoranjan Mohapatra Keywords: community participation, community involvement, rural health care system, health structure Issue Date: 15 February 2024 Publisher: IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute Abstract: Community participation is one of the important components […]

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Women Reservation Act, 2023 and Participation of Womenin the Electoral Politics of India

Vibhuti Patel[1] [1] Visiting Distinguished Professor, IMPRIEmail: vibhuti.np@gmail.com Title: Women Reservation Act, 2023 and Participation of Womenin the Electoral Politics of India Author(s): Vibhuti Patel Keywords: Electoral empowerment, Capacity building, Gender-deficient democracy, Women’s electoral participation, Women Reservation Act, 2023 Issue Date: 15 February 2024 Publisher: IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute Abstract: Gender-deficient democracy is […]

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Estimation of Regional Economic Accounts at the City Level: Studying the Case of City GDP for Thane

Arjun Kumar[1] Sameer Unhale[2], Soumyadip Chattopadhyay[3], and Anshula Mehta[4] [1] Director IMPRI [2] Joint Commissioner, Department of Municipal Administration, Government of Maharashtra; Urban Practitioner; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI [3] Associate Professor Professor at the Department of Economics and Politics, Visva Bharati University and Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI [4] Researcher, IMPRI Title: Estimation of Regional Economic Accounts at […]

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Key Pathways to Developing a Participatory Theory of Change forSystem Change Tracking: A practice-oriented toolkit for enabling an evaluation culture

The paper demonstrates how a Theory of Change (ToC) could be developed in a participatory process, creating the space for capturing diversity and contextualities within a program and contributing to building a collaborative ecosystem to drive systemic change, through a case study. The process that evolved in building this ToC can be useful for other organizations with similar impact objectives and in similar contexts. The paper shows that a focussed, participatory-consultative approach led by self-reflection and engagement with various stakeholders and their needs, can help address power differentials between funders and the implementing partners of development programs.

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Women’s Groups and Political Participation: The Role of Jeevika in Local Governance Participation

Existing studies highlight the importance of resources, bargaining power, household autonomy, and gender-biased norms in women’s political participation. However, it is found through the study that these women remain mere token figures as the male members of the household contest elections and wield decision-making power in the PRIs. This study examines the women’s groups formed under Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (or Jeevika), a community-driven poverty reduction program to improve women’s political participation

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SA-A Detailed Study on Financial Inclusion of The Gond Tribes in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu

A Detailed Study On Financial Inclusion of the Gond Tribes in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu

Financial inclusion is a critical component of inclusive growth. It is a much-needed intervention for managing financial vulnerabilities, increasing economic resilience by accelerating growth and reducing poverty. Scheduled tribes are the poorest people in India, with 63.68% of Scheduled Tribe households being financially excluded. This study analyses the level of financial inclusion among tribal households in Gondinagar in terms of financial service usage and access, as well as financial awareness. People who live in Gondinagar are members of the Gond community, which is classified as a Scheduled Tribe (ST) and is located in the semi-urban area of the Coimbatore district.

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Eye Care and Sustainable Development

Eye Care and Sustainable Development

Vision is not only critical to an individual’s growth and development but also has direct implications for national and global development. It holds the potential to boost the global economy in a fair and equitable manner. It enables everyone to live their lives to the fullest, releasing their potential to learn, work, and lead fulfilled and productive lives. This paper examines the direct and indirect implications of eye health care on the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, thereby making it contingent upon policymakers to invest in the ‘vision for all’. The study proposes urgent policy interventions for creating integrated people-centered eye care, embedded in health systems and based on strong primary health care, and scaled and decentralized to the grassroots level in India. It emphasizes eye care in local governance -especially below the district level for effective implementation.

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Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

Inclusive Politics and Surfacing Women Leadership in Urban Local Governance

To ensure the democratic decentralization of power, participation, and representation of all the sections of society in political structures, one of the most important affirmative actions that have been taken in India is the enactment of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act for urban local governing bodies. Inclusion through reservation has ensured equality of political opportunities, especially for women who are always seen as passive and mute spectators in every sphere. In Jammu and Kashmir (formerly a state), 2005 year acclaimed as a significant moment for women’s political inclusion for the first time, wherein electoral outcomes were largely facilitated by quotas of reserved seats that mandate 33% female representation at the ward membership level. This paper explores the efficacy of inclusive politics at the local level and emerging women leaders as corporators in urban local governing bodies. Does this provision of reservation of seats for women actually lead to favorable outcomes? How these women leaders are grappling with their newly defined roles, responsibilities, and obstacles coming their way?

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Feminist Re-imagination of Social Theories

Feminist Re-imagination of Social Theories

Disciplinary canons are gendered and there have been significant erasures and exclusions. Over the past several decades an impressive and original body of feminist criticism of social and political theory has emerged, that has forcefully challenged the masculinist assumptions of classical cannons. A critique of the partial, androcentric nature of disciplines is the starting point for all feminist interventions. We begin by interrogating this canon, from political philosophy and economics to sociology, we argue how a series of dualisms and binaries have characterized the development of knowledge. Women and those from marginal locations lie on the periphery of this ‘knowledge-making process’. We then ask what a feminist re-imagination of disciplines would entail. Is it all about adding the women’s perspective to the existing masculinist discourses or is it about disrupting and dismantling those hegemonic discourses and a reconceptualization of the same from a feminist perspective with the necessary shifts in epistemologies and ontologies? We argue for a fundamental re-ordering of canonical precepts and discourses through a feminist lens.

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