Sneak attack

Location IconGodda district, Jharkhand

A young development professional was working in Sunderpahari (around the year 2005), one of the most backward blocks in the country. A Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) lived in parts of that block, and that region was extremely prone to falciparum malaria, a severe disease that causes many deaths.

This development professional was responsible for running a self-help group (SHG) in the area, but he soon realised that malaria was a much larger problem for the community, and it threatened their very existence. He wanted to do something about it, but malaria was not a part of his organisation’s agenda.

To encourage people to use insecticide-impregnated bed nets as a prevention technique, he adopted an unconventional path. He made the purchase and use of the nets a precondition to receiving a loan from the SHG. There was resistance, but many people did start using it. He possibly saved many a life by intervening. Was he interfering, or was he merely doing his job as a development worker?

Sanjiv leads VikasAnvesh Foundation, a research centre established by Tata Trusts to study social development processes.

Know more: Read more about the impact of community-driven development.



Mending fences with elephants
Location Icon Baksa district, Assam

No respite from the patriarchy
Location Icon Surendranagar district, Gujarat

Public scheme, private risk
Location Icon Ahmedabad city district, Gujarat

The vaccine takes the blame
Location Icon Patan district, Gujarat


two members of the madia community carrying fuelwood and crossing a river

A high price to pay
Location Icon Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra
Ducks in a paddy field-duck farming

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

No ID, no food
Location Icon Jamui district, Bihar
Humming birds figurines-oxygen

COVID-19, oxygen, and craft
Location Icon Firozabad district, Uttar Pradesh
close icon