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Governance/Development Approaches

Women in Leadership Positions. December 2004-May 2005, ISST (Delhi)

A concept paper on Women in Leadership Positions has been written as part of a UNDP- Government of India (Department of Women and Child Development) Gender Research Programme. The paper was based on interviews with women from selected areas in the four hill states of Meghalaya, Manipur, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh, supplemented by a review of existing literature. Women interviewed included Pradhans or heads of Panchayat Raj Institutions, presidents/heads of informal groups like Mahila Mangal Dals/ Mahila Mandals, and others in varying leadership positions. A draft of the paper was discussed at a workshop held in Delhi in June 2005.

Ensuring Public Accountability through Community Action, 2003-2005, ISST (Delhi)

In the city of Delhi, an estimated 40 per cent of the population lives in slums. These are characterized by poor housing, inadequate sanitation, water and electricity. The legal entitlements of these areas are minimal. Illegal water and electricity connections are to be found in most places. The situation regarding toilets and garbage disposal is particularly bad. In this project ISST seeks to network with like minded NGOs to develop different models of systemic interaction between local government and slum communities in a spirit of 'bhagidari' or 'partnership'. The thematic focus is on sanitation and waste management. The project, thus, has three inter related components: an action component facilitating the formation of community groups to strengthen community action; dialogue, including networking with NGOs, and meetings with government officials at different levels and venues; research and process documentation. This action research project is supported by the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Beyond Practical Gender Needs-Women in North-Eastern and Hill States. September 2004-June 2005, ISST (Delhi)

The study aims to bring out the best ways in which women's strategic needs can be advanced in selected hill states, where the achievements in standard indicators s often better than in the rest of the country. The four hill states studies were Meghalaya, Manipur, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The contributors are Dr. Aparna Negi, H.P. University, Shimla; SUTRA, Jagjitnagar, Himachal Pradesh; Rural Women Upliftment Centre, Manipur; North East Network, Meghalaya and Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan, Almora. The complete report is available with ISST. This action research project was sponsored by the United Nation Development Programme, New Delhi, India.

Gender Budget analysis in the state of Delhi and Himachal Pradesh with special reference to Food Policy and Health Policy, (2001-2003), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

The state budgets of Himachal Pradesh and Delhi were analysed from a gender perspective. An analysis of the gender differentiated food security situation in Delhi and an analysis of the health status of population of Himachal Pradesh from a gender perspective were carried out. (Click here to see full report)

Evaluation of the Scheme for setting up of Women's Development Corporations, (1994-95), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

The aim of the project was to evaluate the extent of success in setting up Women's Development Corporations with a view to suggest strategies at administrative as well as implementation level to strengthen its functioning.

Sustainable Development through Natural Resource Utilisation, (1994), Mimeo, ISST (Bangalore)

This case study done in Karnataka looked at the availability and rational utilisation of natural resources in two villages in Kanakapura with a view to drawing up and actioning a plan for their optimum use, with the involvement and participation of villagers.

The role of Mahila Mandals in locally Managed Rural Development Programmes with Special Reference to Panchayati Raj System, (1991-92), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

The aim of the study was to identify the factors external and internal to Mahila Mandals which contribute to their success or stagnation and the emerging policy and related measures necessary to enable women to be visible in social and economic development and in the decision making process

Mining in the Himalayas: A field study in Almora and Pithoragarh, (1991), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

The study documented the environmental impact of open cast mining including land degradation, water pollution and health hazards, as well as the economic and social impact.

Discussion Paper on Institutional Mechanisms for Women's Advancement, (1991), Mimeo, ISST (Bangalore)

This paper, looked at the Indian experience in the area of promotion of women&##39;s advancement, by recording the milestones, describing the structures, processes and circumstances under which they operated to provide insights for future strategies.

Directory of Welfare Agencies in Karnataka State, (1987), Mimeo, ISST (Bangalore)

The directory compiled of agencies working in the field of welfare of children, women, the aged and the disabled. The aim was to include both institutional and non-institutional services provided by both government and non-government agencies.

Indian Women's Experience of Development: An Analysis, (1985), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

This study attempted to study the impact of development in empowering women. In 1985, a decade after the first world conference on women, how far had Indian women been "empowered"?

Integrating Women's Interests into a State Five year Plan, (1983), Mimeo, ISST (Bangalore)

The purpose of this study, was to assess the implications for women of the implementation of the State Plan in Karnataka as it existed, and secondly, to generate for the consideration of the State Government concrete suggestions for better integration of women's interests in both plan formulation and implementation.

Catalogue of Agencies Reaching Poorest Women in India, (1981), Mimeo, ISST (Bangalore)

 This study identified organizations, preferably women's organisations that were working effectively with underprivileged women, and capable of taking on an additional programme of work supported by SIDA.

Khet Majoor Mahajan Gujarat, (1980), Mimeo, ISST (Delhi)

The study reviewed a trade union of agricultural laborers in Gujarat in order to understand problems of agricultural laborers in the area, perceived benefit of the laborers to join the union and appropriateness of the formal trade union relevant organizational structure for the rural poor.