Issue #1
Photograph by Raushan Kumar

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Badlaav: a magazine about social change in India. Our inspiration to start this publication came from our peers. As Fellows with the American India Foundation, we found ourselves in a group of innovators from across sectors. As we listened to our fellow Fellows present their work at our annual mid-Fellowship conference, we asked ourselves and each other how we could keep the Fellows' efforts to effect change in India from falling by the wayside. How could we contribute to the building of institutional knowledge for AIF and beyond, so that thinkers and development practitioners in India can evaluate and discuss our efforts?

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Turning Off The Faucet
minimizing conflicts with local culture to combat malnutrition

Cheetu talked nonstop, almost singing, as I wiggled his legs into the weighing seat. Unlike the rest of the children I had visited that morning, this two-year-old was active and full of energy. Read More

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Professionalism and Development at a Transgender Beauty Pageant
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Molding the mind for change
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Benefits flow in drops of water
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The possibilities of high expectations
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Skills development in India: ultimately a search for dignity of labor

The headline read "Ministry of Human Resource Development Launches 200 Community Colleges in India." Read More

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Going small and low-tech:changing the paradigm of development work

Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the winner of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, a competition that sought .. Read More

Cultivating innovation and creative thinking by addressing scarcity culture in rural India
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A growing need for the reduction and reuse of plastic bags in Bhuj
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Essentials for mental health awareness building and stigma reduction with primary health care workers
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The burgeoning role of civil society organizations in India's heterogeneous society
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Integrating mobile technology into water training programs for rural women

In rural India, women traditionally bear the brunt of fetching, carrying, and handling water. With water scarcity such a huge problem, the .. Read More