Rohini Pande

The Youngest are Hungriest

The Youngest are Hungriest

August 8, 2014

By Rohini Pande - The New York Times

WHY are Indian children so short?
Over 40 percent of those 5 and under are stunted — meaning they are in the bottom 2 to 3 percent of the worldwide height distribution for their age and sex — and this rate has improved only modestly since the 1990s. Childhood malnutrition, which causes stunting, blights lives; millions will be permanently affected by poor health and cognitive deficits.

Day One at “Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice” Penicillin Versus the Magic Bullet, or, Why Data is Not a Mere Annoyance

Day One at “Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice” Penicillin Versus the Magic Bullet, or, Why Data is Not a Mere Annoyance

April 3, 2014

Posted by V. McIntyre, Freelance Writer for the Harvard Kennedy School
The Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion is building a movement toward full financial inclusion by 2020. This blog series spotlights financial inclusion efforts around the globe, shares insights from the FI2020 consultative process and highlights findings from “Mapping the Invisible Market.”

India's Particulate Problem

India's Particulate Problem

February 9, 2014

By Rohini Pande and Michael Greenstone - The New York Times
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Two years ago, China seemed oblivious to the extraordinary levels of air pollution in many of its cities and the health consequences. But over the past six months, there has been an explosion of information on pollution concentrations, warnings from the media and new policies from the government. It took a long time, but change is happening.

Rural Development Ministry to Launch MNREGA Dashboard

Rural Development Ministry to Launch MNREGA Dashboard

January 28, 2014

By Pratap Vikram Singh - Governance Now
Public accessibility to visualization tools, developed by Harvard University, will ultimately increase pressure on implementers to improve outcomes. A small team from the Harvard University is helping the ministry of rural development and panchayati raj to analyze the terabytes of data related to Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee Act (MNREGA) and create dashboard which would present the information in a simple and visual format for better monitoring and implementation.

See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags

See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags

December 6, 2013

By Michael Greenstone - The New York Times
WHAT do Enron and the corporate-accounting scandals of the early 2000s have in common with the subprime-mortgage crisis and the Great Recession? In both cases, the delivery of accurate information to the broader economy was compromised because auditors were hired and paid by the firms they audited. Auditors face a conflict of interest between reporting the truth and running their businesses successfully. Our economy and many markets throughout the world remain vulnerable to this conflict. But it does not have to be this way.

Outside auditors curb pollution, expose conflicts of interest in India

Outside auditors curb pollution, expose conflicts of interest in India

October 24, 2013

ClimateWire
By Henry Gass, E&E reporter
For 19 years, Prakash Vaghela has been auditing industry facilities in the state of Gujarat in northwest India to make sure they are meeting environmental standards. But he said it wasn't until around 2010 that most auditors in the state really began taking their jobs seriously.

Until that point, he said, environmental auditors in Gujarat didn't have much incentive to do their jobs well. They were selected and paid by the facility operators themselves, and their reports on pollution volumes were not verified for accuracy.