Features

Special IDR features and series, including editorial collaborations.

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Breaking gender stereotypes, one goal at a time
A day in the life of a 19-year-old football coach from Mumbai, who is using the sport to spark a conversation about gender norms in her community and encouraging young girls to play.
by Netravati | 6 min read

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 ten 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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What students want from their teachers
Researchers asked students what makes a caring teacher—and these same qualities may help support your well-being as an educator.
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Social-emotional learning in India: The importance of intersectionality
Social-emotional learning (SEL) programmes should adopt an intersectional lens that takes into account young people’s diverse experiences of caste, class, and gender.
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Integrating individual well-being with environmental systems
How cultivating a values-based, ecological worldview can help lay the groundwork for collective action toward the greater well-being of individuals, societies, and the systems in which we live.

Ground Up

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


Health

Herb exchange: The backyard gardens of Bilaspur’s healers
Location Icon Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh
Gender

Women farmers of Osmanabad mean business
Location Icon Osmanabad district, Maharashtra

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.

two girls playing football at oscar foundation-gender roles

Breaking gender stereotypes, one goal at a time
A day in the life of a 19-year-old football coach from Mumbai, who is using the sport to spark a conversation about gender norms in her community and encouraging young girls to play.
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“What is in your way is your way”
A day in the life of a non-binary activist from Gorakhpur who teaches young children about gender sensitivity and works on environmental awareness and education in the city.
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An environmentalist from Leh teaches his village how to manage waste
A day in the life of an economics graduate who uses YouTube, Instagram, and animated movies to build awareness about waste management and ecotourism in his village.

Failure Files

Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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Preparing for a marathon, not a sprint 
Dalit civil rights activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan on why failure is an opportunity to build power, how systems of oppression affect well-being, and what healing looks like for individuals and communities.
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Why don’t nonprofits talk about their failures?
A number of risks, both real and perceived, stop nonprofits from talking about failure. Here's how various stakeholders can work together to overcome them.
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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.

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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Nonprofits can be sustainable
If they have a product for which there is a demand and that does not require repeated infusions of large amounts of capital, nonprofit organisations can be sustainable for decades, if not centuries.
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The split verdict on marital rape is a blow to women’s rights in India
Robust action against marital rape is necessary for India to end violence against women in all forms and fulfil its commitment to gender equality.
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The good, the bad, the ugly: What went wrong during India’s COVID-19 response
No single entity—be it the government, the corporates, or the social sector—can operate in isolation. However, all three failed to collaborate when the pandemic was at its peak in India. Why?