Policy Briefs & Reports

Grievances Redress Mechanism for RTE

The 86th Amendment to the Constitution has made Elementary Education a Fundamental Right of every child in the age group 6-14 years. Based on this Amendment the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act was passed in Parliament in August 2009 and came into effect on April 1, 2010. This is a land...

No-Detention Policy [NDP] and Continu...

The Right to Education Act provides for no detention of any student till Class 8. However, there has been much debate on this clause, with surmounting pressure for revocation of the No-Detention Policy and Continuous & Comprehensive Learning. However, “No detention” does not mean “no assessment”....

Kiran Bhatty
Prof Geetha Nambissan, Poonam Batra, Gunjan Sha...
School Education in the New Education...

A distinction between consultations to obtain a feedback of experiences and concerns around education and policy formulation needs to be made. The feedback from various civil society organisations of conducting consultations at the village and community levels highlight critical issues of represe...

Kiran Bhatty
Gunjan Sharma
Shiksha Samvad (Education Dialogue): ...

The success of the Right to Education (RtE) Act depends largely on ensuring accountability at a decentralized level – closer to the people. However, while the Act includes certain provisions that could further this goal, there have been problems of implementation and lack of resources. Coupled wi...

Guidelines for School Social Audits

Over the last two decades, civil society organizations, academics, and researchers have debated different methods for measuring and improving transparency, accountability and monitoring in development programs meant for the poor. In this area, Social Audits have emerged as a powerful method of ...

Reducing Non-Tariff Barriers to Food ...

Phyto - Sanitary and Sanitary requirements are a major NonTariffBarrier (NTB) that restrict trade potential between India and South Asian nations at trading posts in India. A significant amount of trade between India and South Asian countries happen at overland border posts such as Attari, Benapo...


Hemant Shivakumar, Shiva
An Approach to Sustainable Developmen...

Planning for India’s energy future requires addressing multiple and simultaneous economic, social and environmental challenges. While there has been conceptual progress towards harnessing their synergies, there are limited methodologies available for operationalising a multiple objective framewor...

Navroz K Dubash, Radhika Khosla
Srihari Dukkipati, Ashok Sreenivas, Brett Cohen
India’s Sustainable Development...

What should India put forward as the mitigation component of its climate contribution? India has dual interests in climate negotiations: safeguarding adequate energy for development, and promoting an effective international agreement to limit its climate vulnerability. To balance these interests,...

India-Africa Brief: Courting Africa t...

India is undergoing structural urban and economic transitions and has set ambitious policy targets to meet its rising energy needs for development. Expanding coal and renewables are two important pillars of this undertaking and, since 2008, climate protection is of increasing concern. India’s int...

Building Institutions for Climate Pol...

This brief lays out a new approach to Indian climate governance. We suggest India’s institutional structure should be aimed at generating and adopting low-carbon development pathways. Doing so implies going beyond energy and emissions policies to also look at deeper economic structures such as pa...

Navroz K Dubash
Neha B Joseph
India’s Energy and Climate Poli...

Understanding India’s likely energy future is important for both development planning and climate policy. This review of seven national energy and climate modelling studies finds energy use will increase substantially in the absence of additional policies: coal use may increase by 2.5-3 times cur...

Navroz K Dubash, Radhika Khosla
Narasimha D Rao, K Rahul Sharma
Macroeconomic Update: Early Signs of ...

Economic recovery remains fragile on the back of a weak consumption demand. Sustained high growth will be achieved only with an upturn in the investment cycle. The government seems to have understood the importance of pump-priming the capex cycle directly through higher public capital expenditure...

Rajiv Kumar
Geetima Das Krishna
CZMAs and Coastal Environments: Two D...

This project is part of an effort to understand how institutions function and interface with the lives of ordinary citizens. It seeks to bridge the gap between law and life. Namati as an organisation is dedicated to researching and understanding how law can be a tool of empowerment and justice. H...

CZMAs and Coastal Environments: Two D...

Coastal Zone Management Authorities (CZMAs) are one of the oldest environmental regulatory bodies in India. On the basis of an order of the Supreme Court in April 1996 (WP 664/1993) and under MoEF orders issued in 1998, these bodies were constituted in every coastal state and Union Territory and ...

Development and Climate Policy Synerg...

India’s approach to climate policy is based on amplifying synergies between sustainable development and climate outcomes, or co-benefits. However, the evidence base for the magnitude of these synergies remains limited. This brief summarizes the result of global models, which provide strong eviden...

Navroz K Dubash, Radhika Khosla
Narasimha D Rao, David McCollum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ...

Bangladesh as a neihboring country holds crucial geostrategic and economic significance for India. It also serves well with India’s model of ‘South-South’ development cooperation and provides ample support to India’s ‘Act East Policy’. Importantly, stronger ties with Bangladesh helps India to pro...

Rani Mullen
Kailash K Prasad, Hemant Shivakumar, Kashyap Pr...