Features

Special IDR features and series, including editorial collaborations.

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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.

IDR Explains

A comprehensive introduction to a development topic, concept, or approach that captures expert views as well as the latest secondary research on the topic.

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IDR Explains | Local government in India
In just seven minutes and five questions, get an introduction to local government in India—what it is, its structure, functions, sources of funding, and some of the challenges it faces.
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IDR Explains | Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)
In just seven minutes and six questions, get a quick introduction to RCTs—how they work, why they're used, and what some of the criticisms and challenges around them are.
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IDR Explains | Impact investing
In just six minutes and six questions, get a quick introduction to impact investing—what it is, the size of the market, and how we can make the ecosystem more robust.

The well-being series

A partnership with Stanford Social Innovation Review, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation at World Economic Forum, and The Wellbeing Project, focused on well-being in the field of social change.

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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.
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Nature, well-being, and social change
Carlos Souza and Michael Jenkins talk about the interconnections between their environmental work and ideas of well-being.
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Community mental health: Not a silver bullet
When it comes to community mental healthcare, we must be cautious not to replicate the old, top-down, medicalised approach of mental institutions.

Ground Up

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


Rights
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Everyone is welcome
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The sweet spot
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A communal affair
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Twenty-two tribes that rule
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IDR Interviews

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



A day in the life of

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

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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.
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“We want the same rights as cisgender women”
A day in the life of a trans rights activist working to fight prejudice against the trans, hijra, and intersex communities.

Failure Files

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?

Perspectives

Op-eds and commentary that hold a mirror up to civil society, reflect upon its evolution, and unpack key trends.

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Public funds have been poorly allocated
Ahead of Budget 2021, India needs to rethink its overall strategy for the investment of public funds.

Who is ‘self-improvement’ for?
There are entire industries dedicated to selling productivity and self-improvement. We need to analyse their impact on mental health.
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We don’t need heroes
When it comes to human trafficking, we need to question the narrative around rescuing survivors.