Impact Group – what relevance would it have for Global Libraries programme in India?

During his visit to India in November, 2016 Marcel Chiranov, Impact Assessment Consultant, introduced me to concept of Impact Group for sustaining impact of global libraries programme in Romania. This was time when IPLM (Indian Public Library Movement) programme was had just finished its results framework consumption with implementing partners and consultants from BMGF. Frankly,…

Use of monitoring practices for evidence building & outcome measurement

There has been considerable thought process involved to actually make monitoring practices generate outcomes results and M&E practitioners have actually and largely started adopting this and contemporary approaches towards generating quick, efficient and well thought method of gathering evidence not just to verify or assess the progress made but to build evidence for outcomes –…

Changing M&E Practices and Evidence Building for Policy Change – II

In the previous blog post, role of changing M&E practices vis-a-vis the innovations, was highlighted to draw the attention of practitioners towards simple yet highly effective and tested practices. With time, agencies and donors have given higher attention and emphasize to build evidence for programmes of any type – emergency response, economic development, civil society engagement, youth empowerment, climate change, cash for…

Changing M&E Practices and Evidence Building for Policy Change – I

For quite a long now, long enough (by far nine years) I have been engaged with many organisations to take care and deliver for programme monitoring and evaluation. In early days (as early as 2006) when I first got involved rather heard about Monitoring & Evaluation (commonly spoken as M&E), I knew little things about…

Use of WhatsApp for Evidence building

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how mobile technology is helping for monitoring and evaluation of projects, precisely about use of CommCare application. Moving further, as WhatsApp mobile messenger has emerged one among growing messenger’s vis-à-vis its voice and more soon adding the video calling facility, I thought to use it for evidence building…

Use of mobile technology and changing M&E practices

With mobile phones all around, from booking a cab to buying grocery it would be quite irrelevant to use traditional means of data collection – delay adding to make it irrelevant. Without innovating the methods of data collection, make it smart yet simple, leaves much less a scope for improved project management practice. When agencies and…

It’s About Missing Women.

Breakthrough under its GBSS (Gender Biased Sex Selection) program has started community mobalisation activities in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Panipat and Sonipat districts of Haryana. With an aim to improve community’s knowledge, attitude and perceptions towards gender based discrimination, GBSS project initiated to disseminate knowledge and build awareness of community members, college youth and frontline medical workers…

Prerna – a story of struggle and inspiration

Prerna (name changed) – an 8th class student was one among this random group of students I met during my recent filed visit to Jhajjar, Haryana. Wearing a light sky blue Kurta Shalwaar (traditional Indian dress), Prerna was very much clear and confident what she has to share – stories related to taking initiatives towards challenging gender discrimination….

Gender Bias and son preference

Breakthrough under its GBSS (Gender Biased Sex Selection) program has started community mobalisation activities in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Panipat and Sonipat districts of Haryana. With an aim to improve community’s knowledge, attitude and perceptions towards gender based discrimination, GBSS project initiated to disseminate knowledge and build awareness of community members, college youth and frontline medical workers…

Manat – An Asha (A hope)

In Haryana, gender based discrimination is prevalent in different ways – leading to violation of basic rights of women. Be it the right to education, their mobility, food, ownership of assets and other immovable property, reproductive and health rights. The fundamental reason of such types of discriminations, inequalities and violation of rights is the existence…

Why I am not Charlie

Originally posted on a paper bird:
There is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call…