The study was a predominantly qualitative assessment of the process of funding decisions by donors. An attempt was made to look at donor motivations, preferences and translation of these into action, also in relation to the choices between endowment funding and action oriented/ purposive funding.
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Identifying High Need ICDS Districts

Sponsor: The Micronutrient Initiative India

May 2007

This project dealt with ranking of 593 districts in India based on their performance in Nutrition and Education.
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Estimating internet users in India

Sponsor: JuxtConsult Research & Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

April 2007

Estimated the Internet Users in India based on one of the largest Online and Offline Survey on Internet usage. An annual exercise, the results of the latest estimation were presented in India Online 2007.
This was a comprehensive study on Health Care Utilizations and Expenditures over time and its impact on poverty. Pattern in Health care expenditure, hospitalization rates across different demographic segments and distribution of ailing individuals have been analyzed over time. Moreover, it also focused the impact of health care expenditure on poverty along with detailed discussion on how different types of medical expenditure impoverish population across states and sectors.
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MaFoi Employment Survey

Sponsor: MaFoi Randstad-MA FOI Management Consultants Limited

April 2007

The Ma Foi Employment Survey (MEtS) was a study on the Indian employment trends and opportunities conducted by Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd. Started in November 2004; the objective of the survey was to understand the employment trends in the organized sector. MEtS has changed in character and content since its inception. The study was based on the sample survey conducted by TNS-Mode, which captured the employer’s response on the net increase/decrease in the employee numbers. This report attempted to capture the employment scenario in 16 different sectors as of December 2006 and predicted the future employment trends for the coming six months in the organized component of these sectors.
This study ranked the districts in India based on their performance in nutrition and education.
While the benefits of electronic payments are numerous, the growth of electronic payments has special ramifications in developing countries where financial systems are often at elementary levels. This study looked after the growth and value of electronic payment in India and Pakistan.
While the benefits of electronic payments are numerous, the growth of electronic payments has special ramifications in developing countries where financial systems are often at elementary levels. This study looks after the growth and value of electronic payment in India and Pakistan.
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Daily Data Column titled "Plug In"

Sponsor: Financial Express

January 2007

This involved providing on a daily basis developments on the economic front by way of graphs and tables.
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Bal Adhikar Pariyojana


November 2006

The main aim of this study was to monitor and evaluate an integrated community-based program known as ‘Bal Adhikar Pariyojana’ (BAP) which aimed at eliminating child labour among the carpet weaving communities in a group of villages in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh and providing greater awareness with motivational factors that would help in the total prevention of child labour. Apart from the objective of sustainable prevention of child labour, the BAP program also put forth few important sub-objectives including community awareness on child (bal) rights (adhikar), access to quality primary education for all, ensuring better health practices such as immunization of children, enabling a greater sense of community, contributing to freedom of households from debt cycle, women’s (economic) empowerment.
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Small Sector In India: Status, Growth and De-Reservation

Sponsor: Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS)

October 2006

This study primarily aimed at evaluating whether de-reservation of the products that were produced by the SSI sector has benefited the industry at large and what have been effects of de-reservation on production, employment and exports.
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Cluster Initiatives and Growth Poles: Correcting Coordination Failure

Sponsor: Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (ILFS)

October 2006

The study focused on the theory of Growth Pole given by English economist William Petty and how India was planning to institute a growth pole policy by creating many micro growth poles. The study also discussed about coordination failures.
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District Level Scorecard for RCH Indicators

Sponsor: The World Bank

September 2006

This was an analytical study conducted for the World Bank, where all districts in 20 major states in India had been ranked based on their performance in 7 different indicators of reproductive and child health. The main objective of ranking the districts was to generate measures that enabled district level government functionaries to better identify the critical gaps in RCH measures at a micro level. Econometric modelling was used in order to measure the performance of the districts in terms of various RCH indicators after correcting for various household, individual and socio-economic characteristics using unit level data from RCHS round 2 data collected during the period 2002-04.
This survey involved studying the socio-economic impact on the households and communities where BT Cotton crop was being grown and comparing them with a similar control group. IT found significant improvements in incomes, expenditures and education and health profile of not only the BT cotton farmers but of the community as a whole.
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Studies on Education in India, with a focus towards girl child

Sponsor: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

August 2006

The study looked at the age profile of children when they enter the schooling system, how long they can be expected to continue & the pattern of dropping out across different grades. The study also investigated the pattern of movements across different types of schooling systems between private & public.
The monitoring exercise attempted at a better understanding of how convergence can be sustainably achieved and whether such a planning was an effective tool towards better child development. The immediate concern of this baseline report was to present the status with respect to service provision and the utilization of these services.
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Northern States in 2000s

Sponsor: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI)

June 2006

This presentation showed the growth in Northern States in 1990s and 2000s and economic growth in the PHDCCI states.
This report first ranked the Indian states based on a labour ecosystem index constructed using three parameters of labour demand, labour supply and labour laws. It also examined the current state of our labour markets and makes the case for massive job creation to avoid an unemployment explosion (30% by 2020) that was neither inevitable nor desirable.
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First SME Annual Output to Propose Review Mission

Sponsor: Department For International Development (DFID)

May 2006

A review of the Small and Medium Enterprises sector in India
The objective was to capture peoples’ expectation from the Indian State in the context of a globalizing economy. The project attempted to discern how the state has changed in its character since the decades following 1990s, when India started the process of globalization and liberalization. It also seeks to analyze how the twin processes of globalization liberalization have affected the welfare capacity of the Indian State. The questionnaire attempted to distinguish between the three roles of the state as provider/ensure/facilitator of choices. An all-India representative survey has been conducted across 13 states with a sample of 7156 interviews.