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Research and documentation forms a core area of our work. We fulfil our commitment to the needs of marginalised and grassroots communities by taking a participatory approach to building institutional capacity. We do this in the following ways:

  • Providing visibility to an organisation's initiatives
  • Systematising their work through toolkits
  • Conducting impact assessments through rigorous evaluation
  • Creating communication tools and policy briefs aimed at advocacy


Research Studies

Balancing the Roles of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Civil Society in Environmental Governance, 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.

Changing Frontiers: The Peri-Urban Interface, Hubli-Dharwad, India, 2001


For Department for International Development (DFID), India

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


The Beedi Sector in India: An Overview - Improving Working Conditions and Employment Opportunities for Women Workers in the Beedi Industry, 2001

Beedi Sector

For ILO and the Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka

A comprehensive overview of the Indian beedi industry, and goals and expected outcomes of the ILO's beedi sector programme, this report recommends a two-pronged strategy to work with the community: Mobilising female family members of the beedi workers into SHGs for alternative livelihoods, and working with unions to improve working conditions for the workers.


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