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Need to build inclusive cities in the post-pandemic world
It’s time that public policy focuses on a radical re-envisioning of urban spaces and on improving social inclusion of migrants in urban settings.
Migrants on their way home during the countrywide lockdown (Image: Stranded Workers Action Network)
Horticulture pile-up, yet farmers stare at losses in Kachchh
Robust arid region horticulture in the water-scarce arid region of Kachchh, but without improved value-addition for increased shelf-life, farmers faced with a crisis.
Date palm plantation in Kachchh (Image: Prayaas: The Movement of Grassroot Changes)
Coping with Covid-19: Options before small and marginal farmers of rainfed regions
There is a need to have basic institutional structures such as market, credit, insurance, research, extension service etc., in place in rainfed regions.
Will access to piped water ensure safe water in India?
A study from Maharashtra found that piped water supply did not ensure access to safe water. Intermittent water supply and poor sanitation triggered water contamination and antibiotic resistance.
Safe drinking water, a major challenges for India (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Community economies - Reconstructing rural economy with ecological sustainability and ethics of equity
Collective management, participation and equity are the foundations on which community economies are sustained.
Johads in Nanduwali nadi region (Image: Farhad Contractor, IWP Flickr)
Village institutions take a lead in Covid-19 response
Institutions are a key arsenal in rural India's pandemic fight.
In the light of disrupted food supply systems, especially for fresh produce, the village institution arranged for harvesting and sale of produce. (Image: FES)
In conversation with Rohini Nilekani: Water, societal platform thinking and COVID-19 response
We are in conversation with Ms. Rohini Nilekani, a committed philanthropist, author and social activist. She founded Arghyam almost two decades ago and has been a key ideator in the water sector.
Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam
Transforming lives in the Covid-19 context: MGNREGS and its potential
India can use its flagship public employment program (MGNREGS) to transform lives of its underprivileged population in the Covid-19 context, and live up to its promise of a welfare state.
Women working on an NREGA site building a pond to assist in farming and water storage. Gopalpura, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh (Image: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh, Flickr Commons)
Self sufficiency in the times of Covid-19
Utthan promotes self-sufficient food production areas with internal dependencies, as the pandemic causes disruptions from food to fork.
A ‘people to people’ social solidarity enterprise in the times of Covid-19 (Image: Utthan)
Relief with dignity to the vulnerable, in the times of Covid
Samerth Charitable Trust is responding to the needs of vulnerable communities from remote locations of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh in these difficult times with empathy and compassion
Local police support in the distribution of relief kits (Image Source: Samerth Trust)
Covid-19: The road back home
A rapid study highlights the plight of homebound migrant workers of Mirzapur and Prayagraj districts of Uttar Pradesh after Lockdown 1.0
Millions of migrants rushed to return to their villages amid the lockdown (Image: Pixabay/balouriarajesh. Pixabay licence)
Covid-19: Oxfam India responding with relief in 14 states
Oxfam India along with its partners is striving to broaden its humanitarian relief response to fight coronavirus.
Oxfam India is concerned about the impact Covid-19 could have on the most vulnerable communities (Image: Oxfam India)
Covid-19 and water security in India: Magnifying inequities in an unequal world
The "heal as one" narrative is a false one as the poorest are the most vulnerable to the disease.
In the absence of piped water access, poor households will find it exceedingly difficult to practice regular handwashing (Image: UNICEF, Flickr Commons)
Global infections from water poised to rise with climate change
As climate change handshakes water contamination, we pass by very much uncertain times.
Water contamination, a growing concern (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Providing safe drinking water, in difficult times!
How does Piramal Sarvajal plan to deal with the water crisis in the country?
Safe drinking water, in difficult times (Image Source: PIramal Sarvajal)
Covid-19: Survey on hand washing
Take up this survey on hand washing being conducted by Sigma Foundation, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kids washing hands in a school. Image for representation only. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Facing up to the water crisis
Conservation measures such as rainwater harvesting and recharging of groundwater need to be generally well established in both rural and urban areas.
Water conservation measures invariably have a positive effect on water quality and the environment (Image: Joel Bassuk / Oxfam; Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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