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Singing for the old, donating blood, painting hoardings green – is this CSR? Singing for the old, donating blood, painting hoardings green – is this CSR?
A rough estimate shows that most CSR heads primarily come from three categories of professional backgrounds – non-government organization, corporate communications, and advertising and marketing. Naturally, their understanding of CSR is majorly influenced by the nature of their former professions.
An amicable divorce  - Unleashing the power of public money An amicable divorce - Unleashing the power of public money
'...one only has to look at the economic power of cities compared to companies or countries. As is evident from this extract of the world’s top 100 economies from 2008 by the World Bank, cities matter because they are large economies in their own right...
  Rantings of a judgemental mind on India’s 64th Independence Day Rantings of a judgemental mind on India’s 64th Independence Day
In a way, the loudness, the chaos, the conspicuousness of wealth old and new, the lack of subtlety, the disarming abandon, the co-existence of sympathy and apathy, and the taking-for-granted attitude are perhaps some of the qualities that make us a resilient lot.
Impact accelerated through innovation Impact accelerated through innovation
In the eyes of a newcomer, most things commonplace appear to be out of the league of ordinary and seem to be very bright on the edge of their comprehension. Two such innovative creations in different projects of CARE India also caught my attention, as I tried to permeate through the different programme strategies...
Are resilient cities ‘the only game in town’ when it comes to climate adaptation? Are resilient cities ‘the only game in town’ when it comes to climate adaptation?
...cities account for both more than half the world’s population and carbon emissions, a footprint that will increase with urban–rural migration; however, international climate negotiations to date have failed to grasp this and have, instead, focused their deal-making on nations or sectors.
Heritage in our minds Heritage in our minds
The word ‘campaign’ has a clinical, distant air about it, like the official act of applying for ‘heritage’ status. Who’s to tell that these campaigns have not already distanced us from them? And yet, that is not the answer and not the way life can move ahead without disturbing its balance with the universe...
Can better water governance between citizen, state and business solve the scarcity crisis? Can better water governance between citizen, state and business solve the scarcity crisis?
It would appear the UN’s leadership is mulling over whether or not to name 2012 as the year of water given the importance of sustainable water management in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This should be welcomed, of course. But local governance needs to be a key area of any water campaign here.
The unpalatable truth: Our foodgrains will rot again The unpalatable truth: Our foodgrains will rot again
Is it not thinkable that the surplus grains in, say, Punjab be transported to the anganwadis in Tamil Nadu, so that the supervisor at a given anganwadi does not have to compromise on either the quantity or the quality of food fed to the children? What comes in the way of implementing something like this? Who is to assure that the magnitude of loss...
Malnutrition in India: The intention is not mala fide Malnutrition in India: The intention is not mala fide
To put it blandly, India’s progress in reducing child malnutrition has been cumbersome. India has one of the highest rates of underweight children in the world – nearly 40 per cent of the country’s small children are malnourished. This is a higher percentage than most countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Big country–big numbers–big mix-ups Big country–big numbers–big mix-ups
These are 12 examples. These exemplify a lot of things, not the least being apathy, inefficiency and myopia – not only on the part of the political and administrative machinery, but also on the part of the citizenry as a collective. There can be 12 corresponding viewpoints on these 12 examples; there can be 120 viewpoints;
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