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Women’s Participation in Karnataka’s FPOs

Karnataka has evidenced a spurt in the formation and registration of farmer producer organisations in recent times, wherein the participation of women remains relatively low. There is a need for gender-sensitive initiatives to encourage women farmers to join the FPOs and benefit from the emerging agricultural value chains.

Empowerment through Participation

Most approaches aimed at increasing the participation of people in development assume that this will uniformly lead to the empowerment of the marginalised. This essay explores the deficiencies of the participatory approach.

Shalishi in West Bengal

Traditional community/village level dispute resolution systems still coexist with formal processes of justice and administration. The `shalishi' is one such method of arbitration in West Bengal that has been used by NGOs to intervene effectively in settling domestic violence cases. Shalishi scores over the more formal legal avenues of dispute resolution because of its informal set up. But deriving its legitimacy as it does from the conventional norms and values of the community it works in favour of keeping the family intact, often compromising feminist notions of empowerment.

Social Capital and Collective Action

With the retreat of the interventionist state, development is often perceived as a product of partnership between the state and civil society with increasing emphasis on people's participation at the grass roots. Using a framework of collective action based upon social capital, this paper examines whether social capital is important for successful development outcomes at the grass roots in forest protection and watershed development. Three villages of Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh are the focus of the study.
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