Rural India: Blossoming in Neglect?
VAF organized its First Conference in Pune from 28th – 30th August 2018. Research work done by VAF across eight themes was presented and discussed with larger fraternity. In order to reach and benefit a wider audience and stakeholders, we share all the papers presented during the conference as given below.
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Current status and barriers to digital inclusion
Simplification, transparency, avoidance of unnecessary meddling bureaucracy, the speed of response and very quick and huge reach are some of the key advantages of the IT-enabled services offered to society at large. Central Government has mandated Digital Inclusion platform to promote the above. This session had presentation related to the current situation of Digital Inclusion in its complexity in different parts of the country.
Changing baskets of consumption in rural households
Consumption is considered as a primary indicator for the well-being of the households, and the household income and expenditure revolves around it. The focus of this theme was to explore the changes that are happening in the consumption basket of the rural households and their socio-economic impact in multiple locations.
Gaps between opportunity sets available to rural youth vis-à-vis their urban counterparts
Post liberalisation, India witnessed an increase in the rural-urban inequality in terms of income, living conditions, access to various facilities, etc. This session explored the gaps in opportunities related to education and livelihood among rural youth vis-à-vis their urban counterparts.
Social and economic impacts of water harvesting structures
Water harvesting structures (WHS) are often proposed as a miracle strategy to solve the problems of water scarcity. Central as well as the state governments have promoted their use by providing subsidies, by collaborating with local NGOs and by implementing them through MGNREGA. This session had presentations on impact assessment of various WHS built in different regions of the country.
Incentives and motivation for women taking leadership roles in collectives
Women’s collective organisations take many forms: SHG’s, “Mahila mandal”, co-operatives for undertaking or supporting an economic activity, Nari Sangh for advocating gender justice. While membership entails attendance in periodic meetings and participation in collective activities, leadership role entails much more significant investment of time and energy. This session presented several insights from the research on incentives and motivations which drives individuals to take leadership in collectives.
Health impacts of headload carrying and other domestic chores of women
In rural India, women are seen carrying heavy loads and doing other domestic chores, primarily due to lack of basic amenities. There is little data available on the impact of these practices on their health. This session presented and discussed such impacts on women.
Whither social enterprises?
In the recent decade, social enterprises (SEs) have emerged as new actors in development arena, globally. SEs are mission-focussed organisations run on enterprise principles thus aiming to promote both public and private good. The focus of this theme is to discuss the growth and management challenges of SEs engaged in the agricultural sector. The session had presentations on reflections of practitioners and a panel discussion on several case studies.
Mainstreaming the Margins: Understanding the issues of the marginalised in eastern states of India
Severe population pressure, small land holdings, perennial vulnerability to floods, abundant yet inadequately utilised water resources and potential for sizeable incremental production from unused resources are some key features of Eastern India. This session had a synthesis of the research studies undertaken by VAF and others in building a comprehensive understanding of the eastern states of India.
<Name of the authors> (2018), <Title of the paper>, Conference on Rural India: Blossoming in Neglect? VikasAnvesh Foundation, Pune.
Disclaimer: All the papers shared here are working draft.