Research Reports

Overview of Local Governance in the State of Jammu and Kashmir:

“Whereas it is expedient to promote and develop Panchayati Raj in the State as an instrument of vigorous Local Self Government to secure the effective participation of the people in the decision making process and for over-seeing implementation of developmental programmes” – The Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.

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A Report of the SWEEP Campaign in Tamil Nadu 2006

This report shows the accomplishments of the Strengthening Women’s Empowerment through Electoral Process (SWEEP) campaign in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in 2006. This program works to educate women about the roles they can play in village council elections. The Hunger Project-India in Tamil Nadu partnered with 23 other NGOs for this program. Teams campaigned in Tamil Nadu through diverse medium, such as drama and dance, to bring women the facts about their rights under the Indian Constitution. The report details the numbers of women who were trained by the program and those who went on to participate in elections as nominees as well as in other roles.

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Shackling the Surge of Women’s Power in Bihar

This report, based on twenty case studies, reinforces the need for increased training of women to enable them to take better advantage of the opportunity provided by the reservation of certain political seats for women. There are inspirational stories about poor, grassroots women (most of whom have been trained by The Hunger Project) who, with the support of their families and communities, have been able to directly participate in the Panchayati Raj system.

There are also revealing stories about women who lost elections because they were victims of patriarchal and caste domination, as well as corrupt electoral practices. This overall positive report looks into ten wins and ten losses, and leaves readers full of hope for the future.

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Case Studies of Gender Based Violence during Bihar Panchayat Elections 2006

Cases of serious physical violence and intimidation against women candidates and their kin began to be reported in the newspapers from all corners of the state as soon as the electoral process was set in motion for the Bihar Panchayat Raj elections of 2006. As an immediate remedial response to the situation a fact-finding committee was set up and named as Panchayat Prahari.

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A Report on the Implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Four Districts in Madhya Pradesh

By: Nick Robinson, Yale Fox Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University

This investigation on the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is based on interviews conducted in four districts of Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal, Seoni, Barwani, and Sheopur) during the last weeks of March, 2007. The key finding is that while the MDMS has been widely applied, it clearly suffers from major failures in its execution. If the government would make some basic alterations to this system, it could prove to be a great asset to the nation.

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