‘Going public’ with decisionmaking

This is a joint post with Heather – 4th in our series on decisionmaking; now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** In our last post, we discussed how establishing “relevant reasons” for decision-making ex ante may enhance the legitimacy and fairness of deliberations on resource allocation. We also highlight that setting relevant decision-making…

The federal roll-back

In my latest column for livemint, I highlight what I think was the most significant aspect of the 2014-15 union budget presented by Finance Minister, P Chidambaram. By announcing the intention to increase the plan assistance to states almost three-fold, the Government of India has made a major move towards empowering state governments and also…

Rahul Gandhi’s “right to” approach doesn’t work

This World Bank book on MGNREGA once again exposes the limitations of the legislative route to development Knowledge is lower for women than for men, and higher for those who are better educated. The sharing of information between men and women within the household appears to be weak. There are also strong village effects on knowledge about the scheme. Holding…

‘Relevant Reasons’ in decision-making

This is the third in our series of posts on evidence and decision-making; also posted on Heather’s blog. Here are Part 1 and Part 2 *** In our last post, we wrote about factors – evidence and otherwise – influencing decision-making about development programmes. To do so, we have considered the premise of an agency…

Marginalised by Narendra Modi

In my latest column for livemint, I write about the minority experience, with reference to Modi. Modi-fans will accuse you of being unpatriotic, will abuse you in public and will label you (if in doubt, check out the comments section on the livemint link).  The common thread that runs through all of the above is…

Have evidence, will… um, erm? (2 of 2)

This is a joint post with Heather Lanthorn, the second in a two-part series. Now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** In our last post, we set up a scenario that we1 have both seen several times: a donor or large implementing agency (our focus, though we think our arguments apply to governmental ministries)…