No one should be lulled into believing that microfinance is a cure-all for global poverty

By Moin Qazi* Access to right financial tools at critical moments can determine whether a poor household is able to capture an opportunity to move out of poverty or absorb a shock without being pushed deeper into debt. When microfinance made its first appearance, everyone was infatuated by its narrative:  Those on the left loved … More No one should be lulled into believing that microfinance is a cure-all for global poverty

Take a bold decision to ensure that water needs of Bundelkhand are met fully before a dry spell

Is there an alternative to the Ken-Betwa project?, wonders Dr. Brij Gopal, Coordinator, Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia, in an open letter to Uma Bharti, Minister for Water Resources. Text: I greatly admire your sincere and deep concern for the rivers in India, and particularly for Mother Ganga, as well as for the … More Take a bold decision to ensure that water needs of Bundelkhand are met fully before a dry spell

It costs a kidney to live in Gujarat. Wither the nobler assumptions of growth-led-development?

By Persis Ginwalla and Sagar Rabari The news report  in “Ahmedabad Mirror”, “Selling Kidneys to Feed Mouth”, by Ojas Mehta and Hiren Upadhyay (March 16, 2016)  (click HERE to read) is on the illegal kidney-sale racket which has come to light in village Pandoli of Anand district in Gujarat. Anand district is one of the … More It costs a kidney to live in Gujarat. Wither the nobler assumptions of growth-led-development?

Benefits don’t trickle down: Increase in income share of top 20% by 1% leads to decline in GDP by 0.08% in next five years

Excerpts from the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, “Causes and Consequences of Income Inequality: A Global Perspective”, by Era Dabla-Norris, Kalpana Kochhar, Frantisek Ricka, Nujin Suphaphiphat, and Evridiki Tsounta: Widening income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. The extent of inequality, its drivers, and what to do about it have become some … More Benefits don’t trickle down: Increase in income share of top 20% by 1% leads to decline in GDP by 0.08% in next five years

Swachh Bharat campaign? Manual scavenging continues in Gujarat town Wadhwan despite authorities’ promise to put a stop

On October 2, Gandhi Jayanti Day, when the Swachh Bharat campaign was launched by the Prime Minister, Navsarjan Trust activist from Surendranagar Natubhai Parmar captured in his camera a few photographs showing how the despicable practice of manual scavenging continues…

Gujarat’s eastern districts have higher incidence of poverty as they are landlocked, are away from trading milieu of coastal areas

Counterview Desk District-level estimates of poverty in Gujarat, worked out by well-known consultants, Indicus Analytics, suggest that the state’s highest-stricken districts are those that are situated on the borders of neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. While these districts have a higher proportion of tribal population, who own mostly uncultivated or uncultivable land, … More Gujarat’s eastern districts have higher incidence of poverty as they are landlocked, are away from trading milieu of coastal areas