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Conversation between two individuals when one tries to understand the depth and dimensions of other's work and experience. It is commonly termed as 'interview'.

Philanthrocapitalism often acts as a smokescreen to cover 'business-as-usual': Michael Edwards
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 15 Nov 2010

Business will achieve much more impact in the world by fixing itself than by trying to fix philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, where it has little expertise or experience, says Michael Edwards to d-sector.

Planners and engineers have contempt for commoners: Dinesh Mishra
By d-sector Team  | 15 Jul 2010

The absence of information flow between the development planners and the common people who have live experience of grass root realities is the biggest hurdle in the flood management efforts, says Dr Dinesh Mishra in a dialogue with d-sector.

The greatest power the consumer has is the power not to buy: Anwar Fazal
By Biju Negi  | 24 Jun 2010

"The essence and face of the consumer movement is not so well known because people associate it with the labour movement", says Anwar Fazal, the renowned consumer rights leader.

I am like a doctor who sees patients die: Ritwick Dutta
By d-sector Team  | 05 Jun 2010

At a relatively very young age for Supreme Court lawyers, Ritwick Dutta has earned a distinct mark for himself as an efficient environmental lawyer. Today, for his commitment, focussed approach and research on wide range of issues concerning environment, he is widely respected by civil society, judiciary and government alike.

Fair Trade helps eradicate poverty: Mallikarjuna
By d-sector Team  | 14 Jan 2010

Fair Trade as an idea and a movement has begun to take roots in India. Fair Trade Forum-India is a large network of fair trade grassroots organisations of the country. I. Mallikarjuna, Executive Director of Fair Trade Forum-India, in his interaction with d-sector.org, shares information about ideology, actions and organisations behind the Fair Trade Movement.

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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By Rina Mukherji
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