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Engendering Anti-Corruption Programmes: A Toolkit Designed to Produce Actionable Outcomes, 2012


On behalf of the Huairou Commission and UNDP

Corruption is a major impediment to development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Undertaken in eight nations worldwide using several indicators and translators, this study documents the ways in which grassroots women in the developing world experience public-sector corruption. It voices their concerns and presents their recommendations for country-level anti-corruption initiatives. The study was launched by the UNDP at the International Anti-Corruption Conference organised by Transparency International in Brasilia in November, 2012.

Seeing Beyond the State: A Grassroots Women's Fight Against Corruption, 2012

Seeing Beyond the State

On behalf of the Huairou Commission and UNDP

The Huairou Commission and UNDP's Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE) teamed up to undertake a study in 11 communities across eight countries spanning three continents. The study illuminates grassroots women's perceptions and lived experiences, bringing to the forefront grassroots women's voices to contribute to anti-corruption programming.


Transforming Development, 2012

Transforming Development

On behalf of the Huairou Commission

A compendium of best practices that illustrate how grassroots organisations have evolved strategies from global trends to include women in governance.


Panchayat Literacy for Women: A Toolkit to Promote Political Participation of Women, 2011

Panchayat  Literacy for Women

In collaboration with Mahila Samakhya, Uttarakhand

A toolkit to systematically build the governance capacities of women in the Panchayats.


The Nari Adalat: A Toolkit to Promote Gender Justice, 2011

Nari Adalat

For Mahila Samakhya, Gujarat

Context, perspective and non-negotiable criteria for the setting up and functioning of the Nari Adalat or women's courts whose objective is to provide gender justice to poor women.


Community Development and Women, 2011

Community Development

For the Ministry of Rural Development

Sanghas and federations, rights-based collectives of rural women's organisations, emerged as a result of the Mahila Samakhya programme of the MHRD. This policy brief, culled for the Ministry of Rural Development from a year-long study of the best practices of these organisations, recommends ways in which community participation can be increased by linking with federations as implementation partners.


Women's Leadership in Local Governance, 2011

Women's Leadership

For the Ministry of Panchayati Raj

The primary agenda of all Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) programmes is to ensure collective empowerment through a bottom-up approach. This brief, based on a year-long study of grassroots collectives of the Mahila Samakhya programme, recommends promoting community-based governance mechanisms, recognising these organisations as grassroots partners for planning and involving them to engender governance.


Towards Making DPCs More Effective for Administering and Planning: Creation of Participatory Indicators, Best Practices Foundation, 2010

Towards Making DPCs

For Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT)

The main objective of this study was to create a set of process and impact indicators to measure the progress of District Planning Committees (DPCs) at all levels through a collaborative, participatory process. This report provides the updated findings of these indicators tested across three sites, with the process and results described at length.


Data Exhibition: An Innovative Tool for Citizen Monitoring and Entitlements, 2010


For the Ministry of Human Resource Development and DFID

The Data Exhibition was a tool created by Mahila Samakhya, Assam, to enhance accountability and transparency in Panchayati Raj Institutions. The initiative involved women's groups holding public exhibitions wherein real entitlement data was juxtaposed against official data of entitlements obtained by filing the RTI. This exposed the corruption in the system and helped people demand their entitlements. The study has been so well received that the National Women's Empowerment Mission is now piloting a programme to institutionalise this innovation nationally.


Decentralised District Planning: Planning and Monitoring, 2008


For the Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Policy inputs for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) to recognise the autonomy and build the capacities of the local planning units, recognise social audit processes as intrinsic to ensuring community engagement in monitoring and have planning indicators that reflect process, outputs and outcomes.


Balancing the Roles of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Civil Society in Environmental Governance, New Delhi, 2007

Balancing the Roles

For Lead India

A critical appraisal of the role of panchayats in environmental governances and ways to empower them without compromising the participation of the community.


The Oni Gumpu Strategy, 2006

Oni Gumpu Strategy

For Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka

In the Oni Gumpu strategy introduced by Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka, neighbourhood groups constitute a platform for information dissemination, community programme monitoring and addressing important issues. This paper builds a case for replicating the strategy through an examination of its objectives, process, capacity-building needs, cost effectiveness, impact and achievements.


Environmental Governance across the Rural-Urban Divide: The Case Study of Hubli Dharwad, India, 2005

Environmental Governance

For Department for International Development (DFID), India

The PUI, with its combination of urban and rural features, requires an integrated approach to planning and implementation. This article contributes towards the understanding of the formal and informal institutional mechanisms governing the use of natural resources and the livelihood options of the poor in the peri-urban context. The analysis is based on the findings of action research projects conducted between 2000-2005.


The Peri Urban Interface, 2005

Peri Urban Interface

For Department for International Development, UK

Based on close to a decade of research by a multi-disciplinary team, this policy brief contains guidelines for the sustainable development of the peri-urban interface (PUI). Some of these include the need for mechanisms for rural and urban collaboration, and empowering the DPC to create responsible bodies to address PUI issues.


Strategy paper in local governance, 2004

Strategy paper in local governance

For CARE, New Delhi

A long-term strategy to facilitate the entry of CARE into the area of local governance. The strategy is designed to match CARE's goals and objectives with needs and opportunities in the area of rural local self-governance.


Participatory Action Planning in the Peri-Urban Interface: The Twin City Experience, Hubli-Dharwad, India, 2003

Participatory Action Planning

For Environment and Urbanisation journal

This paper describes the process of participatory planning in five peri-urban villages in the Hubli-Dharwad region to enhance the livelihoods of the poor and manage the natural resource base. The paper describes the characteristics of the villages involved and their specific peri-urban aspects; the tools used; the main issues that emerged from the process and their relevance to different groups (women, landowners, landless and lower castes). It also summarises the main lessons learnt.


Capacity Development of Grassroots Networks to Become Effective Partners in Local Governance for Poverty Eradication: Lessons from Below, 2002

On behalf of the Huairou Commission and UNDP

A summary of the capacity building and support needs of grassroots networks attempting to build alliances with other institutions working to combat poverty. It outlines the role of government and donors in legitimising the influence of these networks so that communities can have a say in determining their own destinies.


From Rhetoric to Reality: Gender Mainstreaming Urban Policies and Enabling Legislation, 2002

Rhetoric to Reality

For the Expert Group Meeting led by the UNCHS on Urban Policies and Enabling Legislation.

A gender perspective of urban issues and women's initiatives that have emerged in response to them; a framework with policy implications for engendered governance and gender sensitive urban policies.


Changing Frontiers: The Peri-Urban Interface, Hubli-Dharwad, India, Books for Change, Bangalore, 2001


For Department for International Development (DFID), India

This pioneering book on the peri-urban interface (PUI) in India is unique in highlighting issues related to natural resources, livelihoods and policy. This study takes a multi-disciplinary approach to a large range of issues such as cropping, livelihoods, markets, sewage, livestock, land, and water. The research attempts to fill critical gaps in knowledge in these areas.


Strengthening Women's Federations: A Collective Assessment, 2004

Strengthening Women's Federations

For Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka (MSK)

An assessment of the growth of women's federations through their history, activities and feedback of their performance from women. This study was based on 32 federations formed by Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka, and assessed the need for capacity building to strengthen these federations.


Participatory Action Planning Process, Hubli-Dharwad, India: A Process Document, 2001

For Environment and Urbanisation journal

A detailed process to develop participatory action plans for natural resource management and livelihoods in rural areas. The document presents approaches, conflict resolution methods, stakeholder concerns and lessons learned. The key finding is that for marginalised populations, such as women and the landless, mobilisation must precede planning.


Women and Local Governance: A Strategy Paper

On behalf of the Huairou Commission, commissioned by the International Union of Local Authorities

Sensitising local government to the need for mechanisms that allow women's effective participation in local decision-making is vital to good governance. This paper presents the perspectives of both grassroots women and local government. It highlights best practices of successful partnerships between women and local government and from these examples, outlines the principles on which such a partnership can be based, locally and globally. It simultaneously outlines gaps in areas of work and the basis for future partnerships from a grassroots women's perspective.


PUI Dissemination Strategy: A Report, 2001


On behalf of the Development Planning Unit of the University College, London

As assessment of the effectiveness of the dissemination strategy for environmental planning and management, this document considers criteria such as the utility, validity and legibility of the publicity material. The results indicate that rural and/ or illiterate audiences are best reached through visual media tools such as videos and street theatre.