Completed Research Projects

Status of Land Conflicts in India

Coordinator: Prof. Pramod K. Singh

We use a systematic literature review approach to assess if land conflicts are being documented in India. We developed a methodology to track and characterize drivers and the types of land conflicts in India. We applied the methods to peer-reviewed, articles in English language on land conflicts in India. Our results shed light on the most evident drivers and types of land conflicts in India while challenging and supporting common assumptions regarding land conflicts.

State of Environment Report (2012) of Gujarat

Coordinator: Prof. Pramod K. Singh
On the request of Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC), Department of Forests and Environment, Government of Gujarat IRMA conducted the following three studies under State of Environment Report (2012) of Gujarat series of publications:
State of Land Resources in Gujarat
State of Water Resources in Gujarat
State of Climate Change in Gujarat

Evaluation of MGNREGS in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Team: Prof. Girish Agarwal (Coordinator), Prof. Rakesh Saxena, and Prof. Pramod K Singh

The study presents the evaluation of MGNREGS in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. A multi-step sampling method was adopted for selection of the region, state, district block and GPs. The methodology of this study involved administering surveys schedules to workers and beneficiary non-workers, focused group discussions at all the sampled gram Panchayats level and functionaries at state, districts and block levels. Asset verification by engineers was also performed. There were 8 different schedules administered across the state, districts, blocks, gram Panchayats and worker levels.

E-Governance Services for Sustainable Livelihoods: MDGS Based Assessment

Coordinator: Prof. Harekrishna Mishra

The Millennium Development Goals' (MDG) initiative is a set of eight goals contributing to sustainable livelihoods. It has been found that persistence of digital divides in the form of affordability, access to technology, usage and usability of the services rendered and deficits in good E-governance impede the achievement of goals. E-Governance services in India, which are set to address these issues, are in the process of scaling in order to reach rural households. Converged e-governance services in India strive to capture local knowledge for wider dissemination while enabling rural households to augment their livelihoods. The study assesses the availability of e-governance services in the context of supporting sustainable livelihoods of rural households in the Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.

E-Business and Pro-Producer Rural Enterprises: Value Chain Based Assessment

Coordinator: Prof. Harekrishna Mishra

The development of value chains is viewed as an effective means of providing decent work opportunities and protecting the interest of producers in rural areas. Rural enterprises are capable of embracing e-business strategies to meet the norms set for local, regional, or global markets. E-business practices are aimed at mitigating risks stemming from power imbalances including information asymmetry across value chain entities capable of influencing terms of exchange. The study focuses on "weavers" and "bidi workers" in the Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. The study highlights the potential rural enterprises have regarding adopting eBusiness strategies and exploring opportunities for convergence vis-à-vis pro-producer sustainable value chains. It uses value chain development for a framework in the study.

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