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    The Two Elements of Inclusive Growth – Andrew Foster

    As the title of this initiative suggests, the notions of rural governance and inclusive growth are often paired in discussions of fiscal and political reform in India and around the world.  It is suggested that rural governance and decentralization more generally may be a critical element in ensuring that the benefits of national economic growth are shared broadly across the economy, both between rural and urban areas, and among different groups within rural areas.


    Political Reservation and Women Empowerment - Sohini Paul

    Gender discrimination is a devastating reality in developing countries. Women are oppressed at home, at shops, and at the workplace. India is no exception. Women are dependent on family and kinship to access social goods and economic opportunities. The Government of India has passed several laws to protect women’s constitutional. In addition, the government has provided several welfare measures to empower women. Monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of these programs at the national level is not an easy task.


    Trust and Confidence in Institutions - Sonalde Desai

    Studies of social capital have emphasised the subjective beliefs necessary to support strong networks of social ties and organisational memberships.  Higher levels of confidence in the system’s institutions and trust in one’s fellow citizens facilitate the social interactions that build a strong civil society. ..


    Black Market for Brides? – Rachel Brulé

    Unintended Effects of India’s Gender-Equalizing Property Rights Reform

    The most interesting facet of contemporary marriage negotiations often occurs in secret. Take one case related to me during fieldwork: a mother pulls her daughter aside on the day of her engagement. She whispers to her daughter: “We’re giving you property in your name because we love you”. The daughter and her fiancée are both extremely well-educated, modern, and newly in love. The boy’s uncles inquire subtly about the dowry they will receive. The mother speaks a weight of gold and then is silent.


    Participation and Decentralization for Agricultural and Rural Development – By Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize

    The vision: During the immediate post-independence period, India developed the theory of ARD decentralization that is still valid today. It includes four key elements that contribute to positive agricultural and rural development: (i) community participation, (ii) decentralization, (iii) autonomous institutions at local and community level, and (iv) the application of modern agricultural technology. Global evidence shows that….


    Village Panchayats and Rural Housing –­­ By Shashanka Bhide

    Rural housing has attracted considerable attention in the recent years just as much as the rural markets in general have. In a policy sense, recognition of housing deficiencies was at the centre of several rural development programs. After all, rural India accommodates over 700 million people today. There is no question of rural housing demand not rising as the overall economic growth is taking place. It is also well recognised that improvement and expansion in the rural housing stock would lead to gains in labour productivity and positive health benefits. The poor state of habitations is an economic problem.


    Decentralisation and Rural Health Service Delivery – D.B.Gupta

    A major problem currently engaging the attention of health professionals concerns the low efficiency and poor quality of health service delivery in the health sector in rural India. This is despite a fairly well developed rural health infrastructure. Highly centralised health services with very little local autonomy either over programmes or over resources is regarded as one of the major contributory factors for poor service delivery owing to the following two typical problems..


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