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  • Project

    The short-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on rural communities and self help group members

    India has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world and it is important to understand whether existing and new welfare schemes are being implemented effectively enough to provide support to households that lose their livelihoods, especially in rural areas. This project uses remote data collection to improve our general understanding of how households are coping...

    17 Jul 2020 | Ashwini Deshpande, Joshua Merfield, Vijayendra Rao, Kritika Saxena, Lore Vandewalle

  • Project

    Are households willing to adopt and pay for recycling their own waste: A study of Patna City

    Indian cities generated 62 million tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) annually and it is projected that by 2031 they will generate 165 million tons of waste annually (Planning Commission Report, 2014). The task of managing these mammoth quantities of waste rests solely with the Municipalities. Municipalities, however, lack the capability to sustainably manage such large...

    17 Jul 2020 | Uma Sarmistha, Anjor Bhaskar

  • Project

    A pilot study to develop and test ICT tools to improve timeliness of vaccination in Bihar

    Despite a significant increase in vaccine coverage in India, more than 20% of child deaths in 2008 were caused by three vaccine-preventable diseases alone. A major underlying factor behind these deaths is lack of vaccine effectiveness, which in turn depends on the timeliness of vaccination. Factors affecting the delays in timeliness of vaccinations include: Manual...

    17 Jul 2020 | Sisir Debnath, Sarang Deo

  • Project

    Changing lives and livelihoods in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in rural Bihar

    The COVID-19 pandemic is both a health crisis and an economic crisis. A key response on the health front has been a lockdown and restrictions on activities to contain the spread of the virus. However, a lockdown also means an economic shutdown with a decimation of work, livelihoods and incomes for the vast majority of people. While the well-off have more staying power,...

    17 Jul 2020 | Gaurav Datt, Swati Dutta, Sunil Kumar Mishra

  • Project

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 in Patna's slums

    This study seeks to address two related questions: First, what are the effects of COVID-19 in urban slum neighbourhoods in India? Second, how are differences in these effects related to these slums’ preexisting conditions? Our prior work on slum communities in Patna suggests that this population is particularly vulnerable to both health and economic shocks...

    16 Jul 2020 | Anirudh Krishna

  • Publication - Working Paper

    A roadmap for closing gender gaps in Bihar: Gender Responsive Budgeting

    With the first documented Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) intervention in the 1980s, GRB today is recognised globally as a promising framework for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). By mainstreaming gender in public planning and budgeting processes and mechanisms, GRB paves the way for equitable and inclusive development. With India having...

    16 Jul 2020 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra

  • Project

    Can peer and neighbourhood effects improve maternal health outcomes in rural Bihar: Assessing the role of formal and informal networks

    Bihar is a state with a long history of poor maternal health indicators. At the onset of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, Bihar was listed as one of the High Focus states, and special attention was paid to improving health indicators. Data from the latest round of the Demographic Health Survey indicates that such attempts have not been successful. Policy...

    15 Jul 2020 | Mousumi Dutta, Zakir Husain

  • Project

    Child marriage in Bihar: The role of insecurity and migration

    According to the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4, 2015-16) data, 39.1% of women in India within the age-group of 20-24 years are married before 18 years. In Bihar, the problem is much more acute with 42.5% of the girls in this age group having been married before 18. Though over the years the situation has improved in the state, some worrying statistics show...

    14 Jul 2020 | Anindita Sen, Arijita Dutta

  • Project

    Social identity, taste bias and under provisioning of public goods

    Data shows that public good provision in India decreases with an increase in caste-based fractionalisation. While past research (Banerjee and Somanathan, 2007) documents this association, the causal interpretation and the deeper mechanisms driving the result is an open question. This project aims to plug this gap by identifying the precise causal connection between caste...

    10 Jul 2020 | Ritwik Banerjee, Anujit Chakraborty, Ashokankur Datta, Arka Roy Chaudhuri

  • Blog post

    Closing gender gaps in Bihar: Examining the state’s budgets for women and girls

    Economic growth unaccompanied by inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth can not only exacerbate future gender equality outcomes, but also prove regressive by pushing progress on gender equality back. In Bihar, a state that has witnessed a steady and high economic growth over the last decade, we look at how much budgets are being allocated to achieve gender equality and...

    6 Jul 2020 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra