Rachel Aier

Age: 25
Home Town: Mokokchung, Nagaland
Education: Master in Development Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and B.A. in Political Science (St. Edmund's College)
Specific Field Interests: Public Health and Livelihood
Placement: Samerth Charitable Trust, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Born and brought up in Nagaland, in the Northeastern part of India, Rachel always wondered if people could make use of the abundant natural resources in such a way that it would help improve livelihoods in a sustainable manner. Having completed her graduation in Political Science, she is keenly interested in understanding the intricacies of different aspects of rural areas. This motivated her to pursue a Master’s in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. During these two years, she volunteered in Care and Support Society, Nagaland, gained experiential learning with People Action for Creative Education, Telangana, as part of the course curriculum, and undertook an internship with Rajasthan Grameen Aajeevika Vikas Parishad, Rajasthan. She had worked in broad areas like livelihood for persons with disabilities in Nagaland, rural development in Telangana, health and gender related issues of the rural communities in parts of Rajasthan. Through the AIF Clinton Fellowship, Rachel aspires to gain in-depth knowledge and develop perspectives on development sector initiatives, challenges and probable solutions to these.

Posts by Rachel.Aier


My Journey of Understanding Exclusion and Inclusion

Being from the Northeast part of India, the notion of “social exclusion” is nothing new […]


Disabled People’s Organizations: A Voice of PwDs in Advocacy

According to the World Health Organization, “Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, […]


Bonding over Food: Community Building across Difference

Food is a basic necessity of life. Everyone needs food to survive. It is often […]


Economic Empowerment: Enhancing Autonomy of Persons with Disability

According to World Bank data on disability, there are about one billion people, or 15% […]


No Voter Left Behind: Including Persons with Disabilities in Decision-Making

Rachel’s Fellowship is made possible by the Rural India Supporting Trust.  India is the biggest […]


Being an Indian from the North East: My Thoughts on Social Inclusion

Rachel’s Fellowship is made possible by the Rural India Supporting Trust.   “Oh Nagaland? You eat […]

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