From my previous post, we were left with concerns and implications from questions raised in a recent office meeting: How far can we actually go in community involvement? How active can
When I first arrived at Avani, I was enchanted by the scarves and textiles on display, with their delicate patterns and deep, rich colors that shimmered and shifted in the light. I
For me, monitoring & evaluation is a push and pull between being social—getting to know the program team whose work I’m studying; and remaining solitary—reading, analyzing, writing. I’m fairly comfortable
The role of the people we work on the field on a day in day out basis is so essential to the change we seek for the community.
Good evening, my name is Avan and I served as an AIF Clinton Fellow this past year. I’d like to share a story with you all.
Every morning, at 5:30
In my previous blog, I discussed the debates around development from the lived experiences of Mr Girin Chetia. The challenges around developing ‘organic leadership’ and ‘ego’ of development actors were
Sunitadi [i] seemed quite happy when I met her in the very first field visit I did in Bangru village, Jharkhand. The reason was that her daughter, Sarita, is back
After 20 hours of travel across seven districts of Uttarakhand, the gargantuan hills of the Himalayan foothills seem as if an ancient race of giants lie asleep under a blanket
It was late afternoon on a brilliantly crisp Saturday in November when Radha, one of my dorm-mates, knocked on my door. “There’s a jaagar tonight!” She said brightly, “The whole
I like sleeping outside, right underneath the bamboo rooftop on the balcony, falling asleep to Bihar’s heavy rain and the wind rustling the coconut trees nearby. My eyes get heavy
Every day morning when I wake up and sit in the balcony with a cup of coffee, I can see children wandering around the campus. Some are engaged in farming,
I arrived at my fellowship post at Khamir, just outside Bhuj, Gujarat, in Kacchh district, in mid-September. Immediately, I was struck by the campus, built in 2007 by architects who
Last week, a coworker and I spent several days in Digoli, a remote village in Uttarakhand that is home to the Bora community, a small caste native to the
The dust kicked up behind the jeep as it carried me and my co-worker deeper into the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserves (NBR) than I had ever ventured for a field visit.