Do development funds reach India’s poor? Back in the mid 1980’s, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi famously guesstimated that of every one rupee spent on development only 15 paise reach the poor. 25 years on, and despite significant increases in development funds, the story remains largely unchanged. Administrative inefficiencies, poor targeting, high implementation costs and … Continue reading "The long road to PAISA 2009"
The PAISA for Panchayats research project extends AI’s PAISA methodology to track fund flows and implementations processes at the Panchayat level. By focusing on understanding the state of fiscal devolution to rural local governments, this paper answers 2 key questions: What are the overall trends in fiscal devolution to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in Karnataka? … Continue reading "PAISA for Panchayats Policy Brief"
The PAISA for Panchayats research project extends Accountability Initiative’s PAISA methodology to track fund flows and implementations processes at the Panchayat level. By focusing on understanding the state of fiscal devolution to rural local governments, this paper answers 2 key questions: What are the overall trends in fiscal devolution to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in … Continue reading "PAISA for Panchayats Report"
This study delves deep into the implementation of four important Government of India (GoI) social sector schemes in Chhattisgarh to evaluate the nature and effectiveness of public service delivery of school education and nutrition in the State. It seeks to answer the fundamental question of whether development funds reach Chhattisgarh’s poor children, and in order … Continue reading "PAISA: Social Sector Spending in Chhattisgarh"
The Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme is the world’s largest school based feeding program covering around 12 crores children in over 12.65 lakhs elementary schools across the country. Since its launch, MDM has been rigorously evaluated by academics and policy practitioners from the perspective of its impact on key parameters such as student enrolment and … Continue reading "PAISA District Surveys: Mid-Day Meals"
Between May 2011 and August 2011, the PAISA team went to around 1300 schools in 9 districts spread across 7 states to do a detailed PAISA study on elementary education financing. The study focused on tracking the flow of funds from their point of origin (Central and State Governments) to their final point of expenditure. The 9 … Continue reading "PAISA District Studies: 2011 Provisional"
“The Somebody Else’s Problem field is much simpler, more effective (in making something properly invisible) … This is because it relies on people’s natural predisposition not to see anything they don’t want to, weren’t expecting, or can’t explain.” Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Three years ago, the Right to Free and Compulsory … Continue reading "Notes from the field: School Management Committees – Somebody Else’s Problem Field"
Accountability Initiative (AI) has finished the field work for Chhattisgarh PAISA survey. Nearly two months of field based activities, preceded by months of preparatory work is complete now. Actual roll out of the survey happened in the first week of July and continued for a month, Chhattisgarh PAISA study is a joint initiative of Chhattisgarh … Continue reading "Chhattisgarh Survey- Observations from the field"
A Case Study of Gram Panchayat Fund Flows in Birbhum District, West Bengal Analytical studies on rural local government finance are few and far between in India. The paucity of reliable data and the lack of transparency in Panchayat finances and associated difficulties in accessing data are important reasons for this. These data gaps are … Continue reading "Do GPs get their money?"
Poonam leads the PAISA team in Rajasthan. Her primary focus is on planning, budgeting and monitoring the PAISA survey, and mentoring the team of PAISA Associates in the state. She was a key member of a team that conducted a study on the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in Rajasthan. The study was published by UNESCO magazine … Continue reading "Poonam Choudhary"