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How do citizens engage with their cities?
Over the last decade, public participation in urban governance has evolved rapidly. Here’s how cities can effectively give citizens a stake in decision-making.

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Why are so many young mothers in India dying by suicide?
Early marriage, intimate partner violence, pressure to give birth to a son, and lack of financial independence are some of the factors driving young mothers to suicide.
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Overheard at a social impact conference
Yes, we have been eavesdropping on your conversations.
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The unintended consequences of solutions to climate change
Nonprofits and communities must adopt a systems thinking approach to ensure that their solutions to climate change don't cause greater damage in the long term.
by Mihir Mathur | 6 min read
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Why an ineffective school improvement programme was scaled up
A programme to improve school governance in MP was scaled up despite being ineffective. What can its perceived success teach us about improving public service delivery at scale?
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Keeping adolescent girls at the centre as we rebuild
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on adolescent girls and young women in Jharkhand. What can nonprofits and funders do to help them achieve their aspirations despite setbacks to their education, mental health, and more?

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


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“I want young people’s voices to be heard”
A day in the life of the founder of a Jamshedpur-based nonprofit that seeks to empower transgender, queer, and marginalised youth.
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Building sustainable products and livelihoods
A day in the life of an eco-friendly tableware producer, who shares how her first formal job as a leaf-crushing machine operator helped her gain independence and support her family through a difficult time.
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“A piece of land can permanently secure a woman’s future”
A day in the life of a paralegal worker in Gujarat who builds awareness about the importance of women’s land rights and supports widows in claiming land ownership.


Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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The road to recovery
In Part II of a conversation with Dream a Dream CEO Suchetha Bhat and co-founder Vishal Talreja learn about what it took to rebuild an organisation in crisis, and why it needed a new kind of leadership.
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Having a dream is not enough
In Part I of this conversation, Dream a Dream’s co-founder Vishal Talreja and CEO Suchetha Bhat share the story of the organisation’s implosion, Vishal’s burnout, and how owning up to failure was the first step in building back differently.
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Assume less, prepare more
Learning the importance of strategy and communication when planning for scale.


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  • Why are so many young mothers in India dying by suicide?
    Early marriage, intimate partner violence, pressure to give birth to a son, and lack of financial independence are some of the factors driving young mothers to suicide.

    Why an ineffective school improvement programme was scaled up
    A programme to improve school governance in MP was scaled up despite being ineffective. What can its perceived success teach us about improving public service delivery at scale?

    Rising temperatures threaten India’s crop yields and food security
    Shifting weather patterns and heatwaves in India threaten income and food security. Here’s how farmers, scientists, and others are adapting.


    How do citizens engage with their cities?
    Over the last decade, public participation in urban governance has evolved rapidly. Here’s how cities can effectively give citizens a stake in decision-making.

    Why are so many young mothers in India dying by suicide?
    Early marriage, intimate partner violence, pressure to give birth to a son, and lack of financial independence are some of the factors driving young mothers to suicide.

    The unintended consequences of solutions to climate change
    Nonprofits and communities must adopt a systems thinking approach to ensure that their solutions to climate change don't cause greater damage in the long term.

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  • Why an ineffective school improvement programme was scaled up
    A programme to improve school governance in MP was scaled up despite being ineffective. What can its perceived success teach us about improving public service delivery at scale?

    The road to recovery
    In Part II of a conversation with Dream a Dream CEO Suchetha Bhat and co-founder Vishal Talreja learn about what it took to rebuild an organisation in crisis, and why it needed a new kind of leadership.

    Having a dream is not enough
    In Part I of this conversation, Dream a Dream’s co-founder Vishal Talreja and CEO Suchetha Bhat share the story of the organisation’s implosion, Vishal’s burnout, and how owning up to failure was the first step in building back differently.