"You've got to float all the boats."

new year wishes from in the field

In this mini-episode, we revisit some of the conversations we've had over the course of the year. Every episode gives us the chance to meet some of the most committed people in the field and we've truly learnt a lot. There are many very interesting conversations that don't make it to the final cut of the show, and here, we bring to you two of them.

We go back to our meeting with Dr Anura Kurpad, and he tells us about some of the challenges with the 'development' way of addressing complex issues like malnutrition. These are intergenerational problems that go far beyond the the time frames of typical development interventions. There are many windows of opportunity to tackle these problems, and we need collaborative solutions.

In Episode 4, we spoke to Dr Gayathri Vasudevan, who runs Labournet, an organisation that works on enabling better livelihoods for the informal sector. The informal sector, the labour economy are difficult spaces to work in. Organisations like Labournet are caught between trying to ensure a long term commitment towards building the livelihoods of the people they support, and working with donors, companies and agencies. In this episode, we ask Labournet about their 'wishlist'.  

In the Field is working on new episodes during the holidays and will be back with a brand new episode in late January. Happy holidays everyone!

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Thanks to Dr Anura Kurpad from St Johns Medical College and St Johns Research Institute in Bangalore and Dr Gayathri Vasudevan from Labournet.

Photos: All photos by Radhika Viswanathan.

Theme Music by Hollis Coats. Recorded at Third Eye Recording Studio, Bangalore. 

In the Field is supported by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.