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  • Field Diary: High Quality Low Cost Private Education in Lucknow

    Field Diary: High Quality Low Cost Private Education in Lucknow

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    To learn about Athena’s work to provide high quality low cost private education in peri-urban Uttar Pradesh, click here. Purpose of the Field Visit This field visit sought to determine which development blocks posses the greatest need for high quality low cost private education. The project focuses on rural and peri-urban Lucknow, the capital of India’s most populous state,...

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  • Hardeep Singh Puri announces commencement of India’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’

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    NEW DELHI: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri today announced the commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’ to rank 116 cities. An official said that the result of the exercise will be announced in June.

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  • Field Diary: Assessing Matching Grants in Nepal (PACT)

    Field Diary: Assessing Matching Grants in Nepal (PACT)

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    To learn about Athena’s independent assessment for PACT Nepal on matching grants for small holder farmers, click here. Nepal: The Agricultural Context Agriculture is a key driver of Nepal’s economy, contributing nearly 33% to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP)1. It also makes up almost half the country’s exports2. More than 60% of the working population in Nepal is...

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  • J&K will have skill road map by June 2018: Dir JKSSDM

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    In order to devise the skill policy and skill roadmap for the state, a consultative meeting on “Skill Gap Analysis and Skill Road Map for J&K” was held by State Skill Development Mission (JKSSDM) in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) here today.

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  • Dispatch – December 2017

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    As our work continues to develop into new service offerings and localities, our team has expanded to meet this demand. In addition to a new board to ensure stronger governance and greater accountability, Athena has onboarded many new team members across levels.

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  • Violence Against Women: The Cyclical Connection with Unpaid Labor

    Violence Against Women: The Cyclical Connection with Unpaid Labor

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    Violence against women is a symptom of a much larger problem. A symptom produced by a whirlpool of competing issues that revolve around the status and dignity of women. A primary factor behind women’s lower status is the belief that their contribution is less than a man’s. Many women have come to believe that their unpaid domestic work is...

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  • Where There Are No Sewers: The Toilet Cleaners of Lucknow

    Where There Are No Sewers: The Toilet Cleaners of Lucknow

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    On this World Toilet Day, let’s turn the spotlight behind the scenes of the sanitation chain, on those who clean out latrines where there are no sewers to carry away the waste. November 19 is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the world’s poorest citizens since...

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  • Open Defecation in Rural India: Re-thinking the Subsidy Policy

    Ending Open Defecation in Rural India: Re-thinking our ‘Subsidy Policy’ and ‘Swacchagrahi Strategy’

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    World Toilet Day presents us with the opportunity to analyse issues surrounding both toilet access and usage, particularly open defecation. India’s Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) – Grameen (The Clean India Campaign) seeks to make rural India open defecation free. There is enough evidence that supports the importance of these levers in influencing household demand. A recent trial by Mushfiq...

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