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“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…

Chuna Devi: Empowering Women in Rural Nepal

This week brought the UN’s 16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to a close. As 2013 ends – a year rife with stories of violence against women,…

India’s New Age Investor, Inspired To Create A Global Brand

India has been referred to as a ‘hotbed’ for social enterprise and startups. Millennials are turning to careers in tech and innovation, launching their own ventures instead of signing up…

NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection….

Hidden Environmentalists: Cleaning up India

Indian Railways, often upheld as the greatest ‘gift’ of the British Raj, spans the length and breadth of India, connecting a diverse people from Kanyankumari to Kashmir. Despite 65 years…

Public vs. Private Hospitals in India

  Dr. K. Aditya, a 29-year-old on the last day of his three-year residency at Osmania General Hospital, has been on duty for the last 36 hours straight, adjusting the…

Dilsukhanagar: What the Response to a Disaster Says about Public Health in India

If you walk through the Dilsukhanagar neighborhood in Hyderabad, past vendors selling sugarcane juice and knock-off Nike baseball caps, it’s hard to imagine that less than five months ago this…

Afghan Women’s Powerful Poetry – Even Amidst War

Despite constant dangers, Afghan women’s poetry continues to flourish. One outlet for women’s poetry is Mirman Baheer, Afghanistan’s largest literary society for women. Mirman Baheer operates in Kabul with over…

Managing Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs: Naya Jeevan

The financial burden of healthcare is a global challenge. According to 2011 World Bank data, the average global out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare is 69.1%. To put this figure into perspective,…

Goonj: Rescuing Uttarakhand and Bridging the Clothing Divide

In the hilly and scenic state of Uttarakhand, India, monsoon floods have become deadly – killing almost 10,000 people.  The flashfloods this month have absorbed villages, ravaged homes, and left…

Half the Sky Game: What went Right and What went Wrong

Asi Burak Since its debut on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 500,000 players (!) , who in total have contributed more than $160,000 in donations directly…

India’s Other Rural Dwellers

Rural issues dominate the discussions regarding India’s development. Without a doubt, the needs of rural India are great. As per the 2011 Census, more than 833 million people live in…

Living Along Mumbai’s Giant Water Pipelines

  Hop, skip and jumping along one of the water pipes “There’s so much poverty to be seen here and at the same time so much joy and happiness.” This…

Everest: 60 Years Later – Do We Still Need to Conquer the Mountain?

(Photo: Esha Chhabra)  Once you see the Himalayas, you’re hooked. The sheer immensity of nature is awe-inspiring, to say the least.  It also puts a lot in perspective, including my…

Filmmaker Mira Nair: The Global Storyteller

Mira Nair’s mantra is “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” In her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she’s exploring her Lahori roots with her contemporary lifestyle…