Publications

Mobilize-ing the Voice of Unheard Aid Recipients

We have successfully used mobile phones to amplify and advertise the impact of the Indian government in addressing unmet needs of rural citizens.  Our approach is to expand the scope of our prior technology service, using the CGNet Swara platform, which uses an…

Situation of Unwed Mothers in District Angul

Situation of Unwed Mothers in Angul District – A Field perspective from select development blocks Single mothers bear a social taboo, especially in rural India. One of the factors for such a situation is rapid transformation of micro economy thereby inviting outside…

Hydropower Projects in The Sutlej River Basin North Western Himalayas

Rivers as natural watercourses have remained the most efficient systems to sustain lives and livelihoods of millions of people irrespective of whom they are serving but the scenario has been transforming as the pressures on these water systems and attached ecology has…

Rio in Bunderland – diamonds or dust?

Mining giant Rio Tinto expects to reap massive profits from its new Indian venture at Bunder in the Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand region, Madhya Pradesh state. The company describes this as: “[t]he most advanced diamond project worldwide (sic) and the most…

Impacts on Water – Some Examples from India

This is a quick and not so dirty compilation of some of the work we have been doing in the recent past to understand the implications of mining on water resources. The overview and examples have been put together to provide an agenda point for discussions for the ICN…

India: Development at a Price

Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Extractive Industries – Authors Ritwick Dutta, R. Sreedhar and Shibani Ghosh Summary The extractive industry in India is expanding due to liberal government policies, high rates of return, low investment risks and…

Developing Code of Ethics for Indian Industry

Second decade of this new millennium mega trend is ‘responsible business’. The consumer movement and human rights activists have become increasingly empowered, and they actively publicize news of unethical conduct of companies. These in turn have tremendous political…

Mining Matters

Our country is endowed with huge resources of many metallic and non-metallic minerals. The mining activities are extremely poorly regulated despite the fact that as early as 1948, the founding fathers of the constitution realized this need. Over 80000 mines operate…

Western Ghats – Environmental and Forest Right Concerns

The Western Ghats range extends from river Tapti in Gujarat in the north to Kanyakumari in the  south,  approximately  1,600  km  in  length  and  passes  through  six  states  of  the  Indian  Union  covering an area of about 1,62,000 sq. kms…

Polavaram Dam – A Critical View on Ecological Governance

Seventy years have passed  since  the  first  proposal  to  make  a  dam  on  the  Godavari  in  Andhra Pradesh was conceived. In all these years it has developed more controversies and conflicts. The  project is still a matter of several litigations….