Policy Briefs & Reports

Tenant Space Case Study: Natural Reso...

In July 2011, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) relocated its Washington, D.C. office to a new space designed with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental organization committed to protecting the world’s natural resources, public he...

Do schools get their money? (PAISA Re...

Between October and November 2012, PAISA went to 14,591 government run elementary schools across India to ask the following questions: Did you get your money? When did you get your money? Did you spend the money? And if so, what was the output of that expenditure? The PAISA survey is conducte...

Avani Kapur
Ambrish Dongre, Vibhu Tewary, Uthara Ganesh
NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strat...

Speaking at a recent summit, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to India as a bright spot in the global economy. India’s rapid domestic growth and growing integration with global trade, technology and financial flows support his assertion; yet, all this is not translating into peak ...

South Asia Rural Innovation Capacity ...

The South Asia Rural Innovation Capacity Benchmarking Workshop was organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) together with the LINK initiative (Learning, Innovation, Knowledge) and held in New Delhi on August 19-20, 2009...


Kumud Dorai, Rasheed Sulaiman, Andrew Hall
Mapping Medical Providers in Rural In...

In this study, any practitioner that served as a primary point of contact for the diagnosis and treatment of general illnesses was classified as a medical provider, regardless of their qualifications. This also includes public sector paramedical staff such as ANMs, ASHA workers and MPWs.

Taking Energy Efficiency to New Heigh...

India has the second-fastest growing economy in the world and is committed to minimizing the impacts of climate change. The nation has adopted a National Action Plan on Climate Change to guide its efforts in building a low-carbon economy. Strong energy efficiency measures—in buildings of all type...

Radhika Khosla
Srinivas Chary Vedala, Anjali Jaiswal, Raj Kira...
Do Schools Get Their Money? (PAISA Re...

Do schools get their money? Between October and November 2010, PAISA went to 13,021 government run elementary schools across India to ask the following questions: Did you get your money? When did you get your money? Did you spend the money, if so what was the output of that expenditure? This PAIS...

Aditi Gandhi
Ambrish Dongre, Satadru Sikdar
Saving Energy: Taking Building Effici...

Efficiency is everywhere, but it is an invisible resource and often underutilized. Energy efficiency is the fastest, cleanest, and cheapest way to meet energy needs— India alone could save $42 billion each year by largely improving energy efficiency in buildings, which currently consume more than...

Radhika Khosla
Srinivas Chary Vedala, Raj Kiran Bilolikar, Anj...
Making Climate look like Trade? Quest...

Will the global climate regime resemble the trade regime? If so, what would such a development imply for the governance of climate change? Both before and certainly in the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate conference, a debate has been underway on whether the architecture of the climate regime ...


Arunabha Ghosh
Report on the National Commission for...

The objectives of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes are to act as an independent agency that will investigate, monitor and record any violation of the Constitutional rights of the Scheduled Tribes, suggest measures for their development and in general act on their behalf. This report f...


Centre for Policy Research
Social Inequality and Institutional R...

Institutions are often distinguished by whether they perform a protective or a promotional role. The NCSC is clearly more of a protective institution, though it does monitor the progress of promotional policy initiatives emanating from other state agencies. While its creation was mandated by the ...


Centre for Policy Research
Will Low Carbon Growth Plans Help or ...

This note undertakes a preliminary exploration of Low Carbon Growth Plans (LCGPs) in order to inform discussions on the appropriate role, if any, of this device in the global climate regime. What is the rationale for LCGPs? What exactly constitutes a LCGP and what are the implications with regard...

The Copenhagen Agreed Outcome: Form, ...

The final week of the climate negotiations in the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009, ended in Barcelona on November 6th with a deep sense of foreboding. Shakespearean allusions flew thick and fast, with one delegate ending the closing meeting on the fearful note that “...

India’s Negotiating Position on...

In the intergovernmental climate negotiations India has consistently argued against greenhouse gas mitigation commitments for developing countries. This paper argues that while India’s position, given the burden sharing architecture of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and...

CRZ Pocket Diary

The ‘Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011’ (CRZ 2011) is a notification issued by the government highlighting procedures and resolutions regarding coastal regulations. The main objective of this notification is to: 1. Protect the livelihoods of traditional fisherfolk communities 2. Pres...