D-Sector for Development Community

   Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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Few things can be more real than the Development sector, even in this age of Reality Shows and candid camera. For, Development involves Real People (marginalized sections, whole communities, ordinary citizens, special people …) facing Real Issues (poverty, health, education, rights …), with help from those who are really interested - the Development Practitioners.

These highly motivated individuals make constant efforts to 'remain in touch' with an exploding galaxy of information, but the absence of a reliable source takes a toll on their efficacy.

Though, there is a profusion of portals, blogs and service initiatives within the Development sector, but not many are focused on addressing the needs of the people who are in the thick of it all - the Development Practitioners.

The d-sector aims to provide clear space, authentic information and usable services for the domain experts, activists, policy makers, academics, researchers, interested students and institutions to help them cope with the rising demands of the sector.

Since these Development Practitioners play the most crucial role in the success of a Development initiative, The d-sector endeavours to help in their efforts by offering a facilitating forum for all of them.

To cater to current and future needs of the Development sector, The d-sector is designed to:

  • help in better dissemination of news and views
  • facilitate informed discussion and consultations
  • provide a clearing house of usable information
  • showcase learnings and best practices
  • cater to the needs of institutions and individuals in the sector

The content on d-sector will be authentic, credible and exciting. While enough of interesting and useful content will be made available for free viewing and use, exclusive content will be offered to the registered users. This is to ensure that the serious practitioner has his/her space. In this aspect, The d-sector would be unique amongst those dedicated to the cause of Development.

By offering online as well as offline services, The d-sector will ensure that these services remain a real help to all members of the Development community - not just to a privileged few !

Comments, suggestions, content contributions and questions may be addressed to: editor@d-sector.org
Queries and mails regarding subscription and special services may be addressed to: editor@d-sector.org

Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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