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It runs in the family: Parents’ education and child learning outcomes

Early life learning is known to influence later life outcomes like schooling, employment, and income. It is thus vital to identify strategies to enhance child learning in schools. This article examine...

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Labelled loans and sanitation investments

Rural Indian households report lack of affordability as the main reason for not having a toilet. This article investigates – through an experiment in rural Maharashtra – whether microcredit labell...

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The long-term consequences of medical missions in colonial India

Health outcomes vary substantially across India. Is this variation exclusively determined by present-day factors, or can it be traced back to historical events? This article studies the long-term cons...

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Achieving universal health coverage in India: Inefficiency is the problem, not money

India has been widely criticised for having one of the world’s lowest public spending on health. In this article, Kanchan Mukherjee contends that even with this minimal expenditure it is possible to...

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Improving nutritional outcomes through conditional cash transfers

The Indian government plans to universalise the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana – a conditional cash transfer programme for pregnant women and lactating mothers that aims to improve maternal and...

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Engaging the community to make schools accountable for delivering quality education

While the dismal quality of primary education in India has received considerable attention at the state and national levels, rural communities still seem to associate school quality with parameters su...

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Malnutrition and the National Food Security Act

The National Food Security Act aims to remove hunger and reduce malnutrition by providing subsidised foodgrains to two-thirds of the population. Using nationally representative data, this column finds...

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Barriers in accessing applications under RTE quota in Gujarat

In the school year 2017-18, Gujarat shifted from a paper-based system at the district level to an online system at the state level, for applications under the Right to Education Act. In this note, res...

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Recognition of snakebite as a neglected tropical disease: What does it mean for India?

In June this year, the WHO placed snakebite envenoming on its list of top-20 priority neglected tropical diseases. In this article, Dr Bharati contends that India, which has the highest burden of snak...

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A letter to Oxfam: Reframing the questions around private-sector healthcare

A 2009 Oxfam paper puts forth the view that scaling-up private healthcare provision is very unlikely to deliver high-quality care to the poor. Commenting on the paper, Jishnu Das contends that while i...

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Japanese encephalitis in Gorakhpur: Why has vaccination failed to make an impact?

Vaccination is the mainstay of prevention strategies for Japanese encephalitis – the child killer disease that recently caused many deaths in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. In this article, Dr Kaushik B...

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Making India open-defecation free by 2019

Swachh Bharat Mission – the flagship sanitation programme of the Indian government – aims to make India open-defecation free by 2019. However, this has only been achieved in 17 of 686 districts so...

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Can India reap the demographic dividend in higher education?

India’s population is going through a ‘demographic bulge’, with an increase in the proportion of the working age group and a decrease in that of dependents. In this article, Shivakumar Jolad com...

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Gorakhpur's Japanese Encephalitis malady

The recent controversy around multiple child deaths in a public hospital in Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh has brought the focus back on Japanese Encephalitis – the child killer disease. In thi...

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Health policy and economic growth in India

A new synthesis paper (Menon 2017) produced by the International Growth Centre brings together evidence from various health-related IGC studies on India undertaken over the past seven years, to draw i...

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A quiet revolution: The case of primary education in Uttar Pradesh

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Ten steps to transform the quality of education in India

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