Features

Special IDR features and series, including editorial collaborations.

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To bribe or not to bribe? | Ghazanfar Iqbal
Social entrepreneur Ghazanfar Iqbal talks about a time in his life when he had to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right, and how this decision turned his life upside down.
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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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Individual mental health depends on collective well-being
Our well-being depends on the groups we are part of and the COVID-19 crisis could play an important role in helping us recognise this.
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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.

Ground Up

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



Trust, not fear
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A bitter pill to swallow
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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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“Listen to young people and learn from them”
A day in the life of a trainer at a nonprofit in Nagaland, who equips young people in this emerging economy with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
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Yes, we will give you the money
A day in the life of a fundraising professional who helps mobilise money for a nonprofit from a wide range of funders.
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Battling HIV and stigma in Mizoram
A day in the life of a caregiver who is working with HIV positive pregnant women, and is destigmatising the disease in Mizoram.

Failure Files

Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

Failure Files podcast written on a dark blue background and an illustration of a person watering a bit F in the ground
To bribe or not to bribe? | Ghazanfar Iqbal
Social entrepreneur Ghazanfar Iqbal talks about a time in his life when he had to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right, and how this decision turned his life upside down.
Failure Files podcast written on a dark blue background and an illustration of a person watering a bit F in the ground
To fail is to have dared | Rohini Nilekani
Philanthropist, author, and former journalist Rohini Nilekani speaks to India Development Review (IDR) co-founder and CEO, Smarinita Shetty, on why failure needs to be underwritten in the social sector, and how philanthropists must develop more patience and create a space that normalises failure in the context of nonprofit work.
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Assume less, prepare more
Learning the importance of strategy and communication when planning for scale.

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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Universal principles to drive behaviour change
There is more common ground between the private and nonprofit sectors than we imagine. Insights from frontline teams reveal shared principles that can amplify impact.
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Reform board exams to improve learning outcomes
The Indian education system needs to move towards testing conceptual understanding rather than rote learning in its board exams.
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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.