This is an Action Research Programme in selected geographies in Jharkhand. The aim is to empower Adivasi and other vulnerable communities to access public service deliveries and claim their entitlements and forest rights by strengthening Gram Sabha and governance structures.This will be part of a collaborative project with partner organizations based in Palamu, Santhal Parganas and other districts and work towards improved access to social security schemes, and build strong civil society network for the intervention.
The Action Research will map the reason and extent of exclusion from the social security schemes and the challenges facing the gram sabhas. The potential social security programmes to focus on are National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), pensions, PM Kisan, PDS and One Nation One Ration Card (ONOR).
The research would map end-to-end delivery issues and challenges, document them for problem analysis and suggest solutions that arise out of the research. This would aid in forming a pan-Jharkhand alliance/network for policy level advocacy with the state.
This is a 16-month project and starts from August 2022.
The research is part of a larger project conducted bySamaj PragatiSahayog (SPS), Dewas and members of the MGNREGA Consortium. It involves secondary data analysis and primary data collection in a number of states in which CSO partners of the Consortium have been working. The key research question is how well did MGNREGA performits role as a safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For this study, CORD is collaborating with Dr Amit Basole and Dr Rajendran Narayanan of Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. The duration of this study is March – December 2021.
Lib tech will be supporting village volunteers to ensure early screening and identification of COVID cases, ensuring timely medicines and treatment through PHCs, and also mobilise and motivate communities for testing and treatment and for vaccination.
In ITDA areas working with the government to help sending out audio messages to people using Libtech’s broadcast system and setting up helplines.
Lib tech had earlier helped in setting up helplines to support migrant workers stranded in different locations of the country. They want to continue these helplines in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Jharkhand.
This is a three-year collaborative research project with University of Cambridge and Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Pakistan. The project is supported by a grant from Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) /Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of this study is to identify the types of effective teaching practices that can best serve to raise learning outcomes for children who face multiple disadvantages related to disability, poverty and gender along with other characteristics as caste and religion. The focus is on the achievement of the foundation skills of reading, writing, reasoning and numeracy that children are expected to acquire in primary school.
Through its assessment of effective teaching for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the project will also provides an important contribution to how measures of learning need to be adapted and enriched to include all children, including those with disabilities, who otherwise are likely to be excluded from assessments.
The research was conducted in the period August 2015 – December 2018, followed by dissemination and publication of outputs.
CORD is collaborating with Dr Prachi Srivastava of the University of Western Ontario for this research. The research is being supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Broad Research Programme
The research seeks to examine the development of the right to education in India. In particular, it aims to understand the changing relationships between the state and non-state actors (NSAs) in education provision.
The case of India is instrumental because of its marked macro-policy moments from a post-colonial planned economic polity at independence in 1947, to liberalization in 1991, and rapid globalization post-2000. And yet, the evolution and social consequences of these changes in education are significantly under-researched. This research aims to address that lack given India’s increasing influence, both as a prominent regional player in Asia and rising global power.
Research Objectives and Research Nodes
Each of the research objectives corresponds to a research node that will guide research activities. Research nodes are intended as integrative pillars across which to generate broader insights.
Research Node 1: Institutional Evolution of NSAs and Education
Research Node 2: Implementation of the RTE Act and the Role of NSAs
Research Node 3: Influence of ‘New/Non-traditional’ NSAs in Education