August 2013

Bihar has two i’s

Posted on: August 22, 2013
By: Radharani Mitra
Categories: Innovation, Strategy

An insight mining exercise with husbands in Bihar

Draw up a balance sheet of Bihar. At first glance the negatives far outweigh the positives: it is one of the most populous states in India and one of the least developed. Abject poverty, illiteracy, poor infrastructure, caste-based politics and practically no governance for over four decades have cancelled out its rich history, natural reserves, […]

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Stories of failure. And success.

Posted on: August 20, 2013
By: Siddhartha Swarup
Categories: Innovation, Research, Strategy |Tags: , , , , ,

A Community Health Worker  counselling a new mother using Mobile Kunji

How did the education system get it so wrong? Remember those multiple-choice tests where we had to pick one right answer? From the day we join school we are taught that there is always one right answer to a problem. Fortunately, life teaches us otherwise. Get married or not? One child or two? Job or […]

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A lifeline for mothers in Bihar

Posted on: August 12, 2013
By: Sara Chamberlain
Category: Innovation |Tags: , ,


Ram Lakhan frequently leaves his brothers, sisters and wife behind to work as a labourer in Mumbai. He uses his dual SIM Chinese mobile phone to talk to the folks back home: “I’ve got an Airtel SIM for Bihar and an Idea SIM for Mumbai – the Airtel network is better in Bihar, but Idea […]

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