Behaviour Change Communication

Social and behavior change communication (SBCC), often also only “BCC” or “Communication for Development (C4D)” is an interactive process of any intervention with individuals, communities and/or societies (as integrated with an overall program) to develop communication strategies to promote positive behaviors which are appropriate to their settings. This in turn provides a supportive environment which will enable Read More …

Why climate change is a political and security challenge?

The Arctic is losing ice much faster than the Antarctic. Both ice sheets are in exponential decline, and if the trends continue, the effects will become irreversible. Which is not good news because every chunk of ice lost in these regions is a few more feet of land lost to Read More …

What if India hadn’t made friends with science?

Context: Seventy-two years ago, colonial empires collapsed, and close to 80 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America became free nations. And each new nation had to plan for its future. Yet, among these 80, India was the lone nation that “made friends with science” as a policy for development. Read More …

Teachers play an important role in nation building

Teachers have been given respect and honour in our culture. The word ‘guru’ means ‘source of light’ and the duty of the teacher is not only to educate the students, but also to make them enriched. They not only have to fill the word knowledge in the minds of students, Read More …

India and Iran

Iran is India’s third largest oil supplier, and India has many areas of strategic engagement with Iran, including management of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, co-development of the International North-South Transport Corridor to Russia, as well as bilateral trade of about $13 billion of which about $5 billion was Read More …

The Centre’s role in J&K

The Centre must review actions by security forces that unfairly stifle ordinary life, such as cordon-and-search operations, restrictions on access to orchards during the fruit harvesting season, and suspension of Internet services. Second, it must act to rebuild the ceasefire on the border with Pakistan, and discuss the issue at Read More …

Blockchain being used in banking, contracts

A number of companies and banks are adopting blockchain technology to reduce documentation and increase operational efficience. Traditionally, trade finance involves complex documentation processes, high transaction costs, high settlement times and low authenticity rates with physical documents, As a result, a bank’s customer is straddled with delays, high costs and risks. Read More …

Water Management Reforms

In a normal year, the pre-monsoon phase from March 1 brings some respite and India gets about 130 mm of precipitation before the rainy season begins. This year began with a sharp 50% deficit, but touched near-normal levels, though not in the northwestern region. The monsoon itself is highly variable. Read More …

A cure for medical malpractice

Amid mounting pressure from the affected families and the attendant media glare: A public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court. The PIL demands the regulation of India’s unregulated private health sector, from neighbourhood clinics to corporate hospitals, under Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to life Read More …

Eliminating Extreme Poverty

Eliminating extreme poverty depends critically on creating sustainable livelihoods for the economically active ultra-poor: households which are landless and primarily rely on casual work for their livelihood. The success of a “graduation approach” in a number of countries has made it a critical tool in social protection schemes. More than Read More …