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Kaalavastha - Resilience
Oct 14 • 30 min
Across the world, there is a space where the battle against COVID -19 rages. This frontline of the pandemic is the local government, which faces an unprecedented challenge. So what’s happening at Kerala’s frontline? This is the final episode of…
Kaalavastha - Fabric, Folklore and Fish
Sep 17 • 30 min
Kerala’s economy relies heavily on things that are native and unique to it - its natural resources, its traditions and heritage. In this episode we look at efforts to build resilience into the livelihoods of the people of Kerala and at some of its…
Kaalavastha - Taking people along
Sep 10 • 29 min
As Kerala today thinks about how to reduce its reliance on remittances, and on how to revive the economy after the COVID-19 crisis, agriculture is one place where many say there is huge potential. But reorienting this is no easy task. Thanks to Mr DK…
Kaalavastha - Two Flows
Sep 3 • 32 min
In Kerala resilience has been a part of the conversation for quite a while before it became the word we all seem to be talking about. So, given its head start, what is Kerala doing to keep the well from going dry? In this episode, we explore how new…
Kaalavastha - If a river doesn’t flood, it isn’t a river
Aug 27 • 24 min
The 2018 floods were called once in a century floods - because in people’s memory, there was only flood before it that had marked so many lives, the flood of 1924. But when the state flooded again in 2019, many asked, why this was happening again? Why was…
Kaalavastha - It starts with a drought
Aug 20 • 25 min
Kerala has been marked by devastating floods in 2018 and 2019. But the state has been experiencing the effects of climate change for much longer. Scientists talk about 2015 as a sort of turning point. In this episode, we explore where and how people began…
Kaalavastha - trailer
Aug 14 • 5 min
Welcome to Kaalavastha. A word which conjures so many things in Malayalam: clouds, climate, the weather. In this 6 part series, we dive deep into God’s Own Country, past romantic ideas about rivers and mountains and the rain to find out what kind of…
Announcing a new miniseries on the environment and resilience
Aug 11 • 2 min
Announcing a new series on In the Field. The story of a state, the story of the weather, and the story of a people, chronicled over six episodes. Kaalavastha drops later this week on this feed. Subscribe now to In the Field if you haven’t already!
“We want to hear from you.”
Jun 4 • 20 min
ITF is back! In this mid-series episode we want to talk about how non-profits are dealing with the pandemic and we ask a few of our friends and colleagues about what they’ve been experiencing. Right now we have more questions than answers, but here are a…
“You get scale and pace at the price of building decision making structures and trust.”
Jul 2, 2019 • 37 min
The past decade has seen a proliferation of movements all over the world. Fighting for everything from racial equality, to end authoritarianism and corruption, for struggling farmers, for climate action, for net neutrality and to end sexual harassment. At…
“The five-year old will say OK, let’s stop eating seafood.”
Apr 5, 2019 • 35 min
In part two of our two parter on sustainability, climate change and consumption, we’re going find out about our relationship to the things we love - Like fish, coffee, travelling. These are things that are frequently talked about in relation to high…
“Fishing is a hunter’s job”
Mar 29, 2019 • 31 min
In this special two-parter we’re talking about sustainability and consumption. And we’re starting with a story about fish, to understand how the twin forces, climate change and our ravaging consumption, are depleting the oceans. This is a story about a…
“The hardship takes a toll, you know.”
Feb 28, 2019 • 41 min
Worklife in India has many elements to it, and we see the whole gamut of experiences in India from workers working with little or no welfare to more privileged workers, and increasingly all of us are working more and for longer. How do we get to a point…
Bonus Episode: Education as a right in India
Feb 17, 2019 • 14 min
Welcome to this very special bonus episode of In the Field. Stay tuned for our next In the Field episode, coming very soon. This episode is brought to you by Indus Action (www.indusaction.org), an organization working on a very specific tenet of the Right…
“We were people who were defined by these achievements in social development.”
Jan 31, 2019 • 33 min
Development work is full of models. And a famous one originated in Kerala - it was so famous it defined the state’s identity in so many ways; it was credited for producing a literate, educated population, for empowering women and an engaged, active…
“There is history in all our aspirations.”
Apr 26, 2018 • 37 min
The youth are a prized population, for they represent the much talked about demographic dividend and so countries are supposed to nurture and help them develop. However, most approaches are instrumentalist, and see young people as mediums for prosperity.…
“You’re really not condemning the whole system, you’re pinpointing where the problem is”
Apr 14, 2018 • 35 min
In development work, there are some spaces that need big ideas and radical new thinking, and there are others that require a different form of engagement - a slower, more steady, enabling presence. In these spaces, it’s about fixing something by actually…
“And so what we eat on our plates starts to determine the fate of the soil of our land.”
Mar 22, 2018 • 36 min
Do we know where our food comes from? Does it come from down the road, or from a continent away? And do we really care? It’s all the same to us. Agriculture, especially food production is a topic deeply rooted in development. It’s too important to not pay…
“But you already think what they can do at best is maybe make papad.”
Mar 8, 2018 • 39 min
A recent preoccupation within the development sector is the falling female workforce participation in India. More pronounced in rural India than in urban India, nevertheless a concern given that our country has made significant strides in education and…
“What you think is a position of knowledge, [is] just privilege and nothing else.”
Feb 16, 2018 • 28 min
The Indian environmental movement has had a long and fascinating history. While young India’s charismatic leaders were instrumental in instituting laws to protect nature and wildlife, powerful social movements fought to bring to light the important…
“How would you make something participatory, when you are working at that scale?”
Feb 1, 2018 • 37 min
In a thriving, vibrant, and diverse democracy like India, what does it mean to participate? We tend to see participation in a democracy as an act that happens every five years, but there are many spaces for a more continuous and enduring engagement. So,…
New Year Wishes - “You’ve got to float all the boats.”
Dec 24, 2017 • 10 min
In this mini-episode, we revisit some of the conversations we’ve had over the course of the year. Every episode gives us the chance to meet some of the most committed people in the field and we’ve truly learnt a lot. There are many very interesting…
“These are not considered to be ‘good’ jobs”
Dec 7, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode of In the Field, we take a closer look at the informal economy in India - the workers that hold up our cities. These are the millions of street vendors, drivers, dhobis, vegetable sellers, domestic workers, electricians, construction…
“What difference did you make?”
Nov 22, 2017 • 32 min
The word “development” implies progress - a forward, positive progression of processes, standards of living, and human behaviours. The crux of most development work is to affect change in some form, for the better, for those less fortunate. In this…
“Why do you have to tell us all this? Can’t I just Google?”
Nov 6, 2017 • 23 min
Do you remember the first time you were out in nature? Or the first time you saw a wild animal? Do you remember how it made you feel? Among the many things we have to be proud of, India’s rich heritage of biodiversity and fascinating history of…
“If you eat egg, your child will be bald.”
Oct 23, 2017 • 28 min
In India, the high rate of stunting amongst children is alarming. With no easy policy solutions, a glut of expert views, and a collective anxiety about its high occurrence, we tried to wrap our heads around the problem to find out what we ought to be…
Series 1 Trailer
Oct 2, 2017 • 1 min
India has a large, vibrant community of development professionals working to improve the lives of its citizens. They are bureaucrats, philanthropists, activists, companies, academia, students, religious leaders, journalists, your neighbourhood do gooder……