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First dive into vulnerability: Testing our approach at Samastipur

*Photographs will be uploaded later due to technical problems. Over the last few weeks the UCD for U5MR project has moved from working with secondary data in-studio, to kicking off a process of field inquiry. In the process, we have also … Continue reading

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Risk factors perpetuating vulnerability among under 5 children in Bihar : Pediatricians experience

This blog explores the understanding of ‘Under 5 Mortality’ (U5M) and risk factors present in Bihar. In-depth interviews were conducted with three pediatricians in Patna; two of them are retired government doctors currently practicing in their private clinics running out … Continue reading

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Design Research: Creating Collaborative Experiences

The scale of ‘Under 5 Mortality’ (U5M) in Bihar is huge:  58 deaths for every 1000 live births, nearly 45 percent of all under five children are underweight and 49 percent of them are stunted. The disturbing figures of U5M … Continue reading

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National Rural Health Mission – An Employment Generation Scheme for Women?

Last week I spent time with female health workers in Kurhani, a block in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, India. Coincidentally, Kurhani also happens to be the most populous block in India, boasting of a population of almost half a … Continue reading

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Changing Bihar – ‘Nothing Changes, if Nothing Changes’

In a recent trip to Samastipur in Bihar, I came across a line of rickety, roadside stalls illegally downloading and selling latest Hollywood movies in HD – that too, at a nominal price of Rs. 10. Villages where electricity is … Continue reading

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EGRIC Dialogues: Facilitator Corner

The READ Alliance launched EGRIC 2015 to discover, develop and scale early grade reading innovations for primary school children in India. As a part of this, Innovation Workshops were organised across four cities to raise awareness about EGRIC 2015 and … Continue reading

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EGRIC Dialogues: Participant Speak

The READ Alliance launched EGRIC 2015 to discover, develop and scale early grade reading innovations for primary school children in India. As a part of this, Innovation Workshops were organised across four cities to raise awareness about EGRIC 2015 and … Continue reading

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Understanding the regional contours of the Early Grade Reading problem in India

Team  READ Alliance conducted a research on the status of early grade reading in India based on extrapolations of different data sources. Here is an excerpt outlining the reading landscape through data about how many children in India are not … Continue reading

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Live Blog: How Do We Accelerate Civic Innovation?

After a full day of panels, breakout sessions, and civic innovation demos, the sixth annual Design Public’s final session is a plenary panel to reflect on the day; identify the new services that will transform the way citizens interact with … Continue reading

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Live Blog: Civic Tech Demos

Today’s Civic Tech Demos will see 8 different organizations demonstrate how they function and thus give us a glimpse into how they aim to change our polity. These demos will show us how these vibrant entrepreneurs have leveraged technology to come up with innovative … Continue reading

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