IRDAI’s Microinsurance Report: A milestone in reaching the unreached

By Mirai Chatterjee* Bharti is a bidi worker from Madhya Pradesh who had never heard of insurance till the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a front-line health worker serving her neighbourhood by providing life-saving health information. She took microinsurance coverage for the first time ever for health and also for loss of income due to illness. … Continue reading IRDAI’s Microinsurance Report: A milestone in reaching the unreached

CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme

By Anjan Pradhan* As part of COVID elevation measure, a meagre amount of 1 kg of chana dal has been provided to BPL/PDS beneficiaries every month and the state government is planning to stop its allocation from November. As it has been a key arsenal in rural Odisha’s pandemic fight and will be crucial to … Continue reading CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme

Learning from the poorest: Experiences of CEO of a small rural women’s bank

By Rekha Kulkarni* I run a small bank for rural women in a drought-prone area of Maharashtra. It’s called the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank. It’s the first bank set up in the country by and for rural women. Most of our customers are micro business owners – women who work at weekly markets or … Continue reading Learning from the poorest: Experiences of CEO of a small rural women’s bank

Hazard of cramped spaces: Covid-19 makes a strong case for affordable housing

By Moin Qazi* Among the many challenges that have gained urgency in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, housing requires a highly creative response. The huge exodus from cities to villages was necessitated on account of lack of proper housing in cities. Expanding access to affordable housing is essential not just for equitable development but … Continue reading Hazard of cramped spaces: Covid-19 makes a strong case for affordable housing

Access and benefit sharing has to be made the new normal in post-COVID world

By Shalini Bhutani, Kanchi Kohli* A total of Rs 100 crores has been allocated through the PM-CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund to support domestic initiatives to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is the coordinating agency for the … Continue reading Access and benefit sharing has to be made the new normal in post-COVID world

JAM trinity needs Twitter assistance for communication loop with public agencies

By Santosh Gedam* Covid19 pandemic has thrown us in unprecedented conditions. From sudden lockdown forcing people in their personal spaces to humanitarian crises, each of these events challenged the abilities of the government to handle the crisis. The first question which the government faced was how to identify the target beneficiary. Fortunately for the government, … Continue reading JAM trinity needs Twitter assistance for communication loop with public agencies

Bihar flood with coming rains and continued COVID-19 pandemic

By Asif Shahab,Suchita Jain and Dr Mansee Bal Bhargava[1] At SaciWATERs Hyderabad, we are doing a project in Bihar on ‘Civil Society voices, vulnerable communities and localized platforms for addressing water quality challenges’ funded by European Union Project since January 2018. We took a dig into the current flood situation of Bihar since it is … Continue reading Bihar flood with coming rains and continued COVID-19 pandemic