Features

Special IDR features and series, including editorial collaborations.

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Good intentions are not enough
In an effort to ‘bring change’ to a school, a young professional fails to consider the perspectives of one of the most important stakeholders—its teachers.
by Itishree Behera | 5 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 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.



A high price to pay
Location Icon Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra

From waste to value
Location Icon Amravati district, Maharashtra

Ducks by the dozen
Location Icon East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh; Ongole district, Andhra Pradesh

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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In close quarters with death, grief, and despair
A day in the life of a social worker in Lucknow, who is arranging cremations, counselling bereaved families, and helping COVID-19 patients find hospital beds.
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A story of caste, class, and activism
A day in the life of Dalit labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, whose personal caste and class struggles have led her to dedicate her life to protect the rights of workers.
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What does it take to run a farmer producer company?
A day in the life of an Adivasi woman who manages a women-owned farmer producer company that collectivises small and marginal farmers to help them improve their incomes.

Failure Files

Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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Good intentions are not enough
In an effort to ‘bring change’ to a school, a young professional fails to consider the perspectives of one of the most important stakeholders—its teachers.
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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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To fail is to have dared
Rohini Nilekani on how philanthropy can underwrite social sector failures in practice and what she has learnt from her own failures as an activist philanthropist.

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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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.

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.