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The University and the Development Agenda

This article argues that a knowledge and practice deficit, and the inability of higher education institutions to professionalise development are key lacunae which need to be overcome. However, this will need the university to reinvent itself and for elite institutions to develop a more accessible notion of knowledge and rigour.

Reforming Rural Drinking Water Schemes

This paper analyses the ground-level impact of the national rural drinking water policy in Maharashtra. It observes that compared to what is reflected in the national rural drinking water programme database, the drinking water coverage status is poorer on the ground and scheme failures are more widespread. The case studies show that the causes of scheme failures have largely remained unchanged in spite of the changes in policy regimes. Poor capacity and expertise of state agencies are the main cause of poor outcomes and improving them will require infusion of new knowledge and practices. National policy can assist state agencies by creating avenues for educational and research institutions to work with the latter in various monitoring, evaluation, design and validation roles.

World Bank's Urban Water Report on India

The latest World Bank report on reform in India's urban water sector focuses on institutional and fi nancial arrangements between urban local bodies, water service providers and the customer. Like earlier reports, this too starts with a purely banking objective and works backwards to come up with policy advice. It fails to assimilate the technological boundaries of the sector, ignores strengthening of governance, building institutional capacity in research and training, and developing collaborations between governance and knowledge institutions.
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