Annual State of Education Report (ASER) 2012

Pratham’s Annual State of Education Report (aka ASER) for 2012 is out. You’ll find it here. Odds are you have an allergy towards massive PDF documents or you are the quintessential procrastinator. So what’s a man to do? Well… you wait for the good Krupakar Manukonda to read the report and start tweeting. Update: he has started …

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Global Journal’s Top 100 Best NGOs – an India Commentary

The Global Journal released its inaugural Top 100 Best NGOs list. I read about it in this DNA article which focused more on the fact that (gasp!) Bangladesh had beaten India in the NGO sector and thus, put a question mark over the hype surrounding the role played by the sector in the country. Bangladesh’s BRAC, which …

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Top Takeaways from Banerjee and Duflo’s Poor Economics

If you’ve been following this blog for sometime, you know that I consider Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Poor Economics as a bible of sorts — to understand poverty, understand the psyche and motivations of the extremely poor, and the power of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to fairly assess efficacy of anti-poverty programs. Several posts …

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Pratham’s Contributions to Indian Education Policy Debate

[Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series of six excerpts from Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Poor Economics, specifically from chapter 4 (on education policy) – Top of the Class. The first three excerpts covered the debate between the supply-wallahs and demand-wallahs. The fourth covers the strong contributions of Pratham (possibly India’s largest …

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