Kumar Das

Kumar Das is the IGC Programme Policy Manager for IGC Bihar.

He holds a B.A. (H) in Sociology from the Presidency College, Calcutta, an MA in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the IGC, Kumar worked as Senior Technical Consultant for UNICEF India Country Office, focusing on Evaluation, Research, and Policy.

His postgraduate research focused on health service delivery in India, involving a policy analysis of India’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme to examine the role of policy networks, policy actors and politics of framing.

Content by Kumar Das
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    The impact of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers in India and the way forward

    IGC’s look at COVID-19’s economic influence in developing countries continued with an event focused on India, where the pandemic reveals the increasing vulnerabilities of smallholder farmers and an agricultural market badly in need of reform. Nearly 90% of India’s agricultural sector is made up of small and marginal farmers. These farmers are particularly...

    1 Mar 2021 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

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    Nutrition in India: A look at the policy Initiatives, investments, and outcome indicators

    With an aim to decrease malnutrition, India has implemented several nutrition interventions in the last half century, including the National Food Security Act 2013, NIPCCD, ICDS and the mid-day meal scheme. Even with strong constitutional and legislative policy, plans, programme commitments and institutions, as well as a spurt in GDP growth, dietary diversity and...

    10 Feb 2021 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

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    The conundrum around India’s new agricultural reforms: Where do farmers stand?

    While the recent agricultural reforms in India have been hailed by some experts as a much-needed move towards privatisation and liberalisation of the sector, there is also a concern amongst some that the opening up of the agricultural market may also lead to corporate cartelisation. Additionally, critics have pointed out the procedural inadequacy of the reforms and how many...

    21 Dec 2020 | Bijeta Mohanty, Kumar Das

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    The growing concern around violence against women in India – Where do we stand?

    Violence against women is rampant in India, hinders educational attainment and earnings potential, and has significant economic and social costs. COVID-19 has exposed the fault lines of gender equality, with increases in the incidence of domestic violence during lockdown. Social programmes to sensitise men and boys on gender-related issues, and community-level platforms...

    25 Nov 2020 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

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    Poverty eradication in India: Successes and shortcomings of social protection

    While social protection programmes in India have helped reduce poverty significantly, they are not without their problems. COVID-19 reversed the gains and has plunged millions into further poverty, disrupting the informal economy, and hitting migrant labourers the hardest. Schemes like MGNREGA are being sought out by the government and desperate citizens to tackle...

    15 Oct 2020 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty