Features

Special IDR features and series, including editorial collaborations.

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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.

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.



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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An artisan from Odisha crafts her own story
A day in the life of an artisan and cluster head in Odisha, who shares how her work with fellow craftswomen has helped her find a new identity and a community that she can rely on.
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Breaking the glass ceiling, one survey at a time
A day in the life of an enumerator from Karnataka who talks about the challenges of being a working woman and the value of good communication in data collection.
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“Why should people suffer for the fault of a government officer?”
A day in the life of a social worker from Rajasthan who helps communities access their entitlements and advocates for a public accountability law.

Failure Files

Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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Assume less, prepare more
Learning the importance of strategy and communication when planning for scale.
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When ambition exceeds ability
In an effort to do everything at once, two co-founders lose out on the project of their dreams.
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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.

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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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?
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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.