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Caste discrimination: Fighting it. Ending it.
Yashica Dutt, journalist and author of Coming out as Dalit, and Ashif Shaikh, Dalit activist and leader of Jan Sahas, have a conversation about caste-based violence and oppression, manual scavenging, dignity, the Black Lives Matter movement, and, what it means to be an ally in the fight against caste hierarchy.
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Challenges with skill development programmes during the pandemic
Skill development programmes in India had to rethink their models to tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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IDR launches first Social Impact Stars Awards in India
We thought it was time the development sector had an award ceremony of its own, so we decided to create one.
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Productivity vs poverty
Manish Sabharwal argues that in order to compete in a global economy, India needs greater productivity and formal employment. Renana Jhabvala argues the opposite: India’s informal sector is large, and labour laws must accommodate informal workers.
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Farm laws 2020: Efficiency vs equity
While there is agreement on the importance of improving food production and productivity, there are differing views on the ways to achieve both.

Bite-sized stories from the people closest to the action.



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A day in the life of


Frontline workers and first responders share their insights from working at the grassroots.


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“There’s a fixed time to start the day, but no fixed time to end it”
A day in the life of hospitality worker who is running a resort and managing a team of stewards during COVID-19.
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Farmers’ protests: A volunteer’s diary
A day in the life of a young volunteer at the farmers’ protest at Delhi’s Tikri border, who speaks about what it takes to keep the movement going.
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Waste is valuable
A day in the life of a self-help group member who along with her team, works with citizens and the local government to improve waste management in Udupi.


Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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Unrealistic expectations and self-doubt
Early failures in a social entrepreneur’s journey lead him to question everything, including his self-worth.
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Let’s talk about burnout
Why cultivating well-being is one of the most essential skills a social entrepreneur can have.
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Failure can look like success
What happens when work becomes the only measure of self-worth?


Conversations with visionaries on their life's work, and their efforts to challenge the status quo in our country.


Insights and analysis of specific sectors in the development arena—what works, what doesn't, and what needs to change.

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  • Caste discrimination: Fighting it. Ending it.
    Yashica Dutt, journalist and author of Coming out as Dalit, and Ashif Shaikh, Dalit activist and leader of Jan Sahas, have a conversation about caste-based violence and oppression, manual scavenging, dignity, the Black Lives Matter movement, and, what it means to be an ally in the fight against caste hierarchy.

    Productivity vs poverty
    Manish Sabharwal argues that in order to compete in a global economy, India needs greater productivity and formal employment. Renana Jhabvala argues the opposite: India’s informal sector is large, and labour laws must accommodate informal workers.

    Farm laws 2020: Efficiency vs equity
    While there is agreement on the importance of improving food production and productivity, there are differing views on the ways to achieve both.


    Caste discrimination: Fighting it. Ending it.
    Yashica Dutt, journalist and author of Coming out as Dalit, and Ashif Shaikh, Dalit activist and leader of Jan Sahas, have a conversation about caste-based violence and oppression, manual scavenging, dignity, the Black Lives Matter movement, and, what it means to be an ally in the fight against caste hierarchy.

    Challenges with skill development programmes during the pandemic
    Skill development programmes in India had to rethink their models to tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    IDR launches first Social Impact Stars Awards in India
    We thought it was time the development sector had an award ceremony of its own, so we decided to create one.

    Skills and functions that are core to growing programmes and organisations.

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  • Board & Governance
  • Fundraising & Communications
  • Leadership & Talent
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Programme
  • Technology

  • Four things to think about with tech for social good
    Tech for social good holds a lot of promise, but it requires social sector organisations to follow a methodical approach.

    Reflections on our well-being journey through the pandemic
    A glimpse into the well-being practices we tried to follow through our time working from home, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    India’s social sector has a data problem
    Evidence-based policy-making in India will not improve until we make administrative data more reliable.

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