Projects from Oxford Department of International Development have had its concentration on India's technology, economic and social aspect and the developments concerned around these areas.
Rural e-Services in India
The Rural E-Services in India project is developing new, sustainable ways to deliver e-services and develop innovation capacity in poverty-stricken communities. By developing a system whereby farmers in rural India could resolve problems with crops using mobile camera phones, the project made it possible for them to discuss their challenges and get rapid responses using modern communication technology. This is a multi-disciplinary project collaborating with computer engineers and NGOs in India. Read about the outputs of this project here.
India's emerging 'rurbans' (Lives on the Move)
Research led by Dr Indrajit Roy has explored the lives of internal migrants in India, shedding light on their motives for migrating as well as examining their social and political rights as they circulate between different locations across the country.
The study offers practical solutions to an important policy dilemma that faces one of the world’s fastest growing economies where urbanisation has, nonetheless, remained stunted.
A team led by Dr Roy carried out ethnographic research with selected families in a single village in the State of Bihar, whose 100 million people contribute a significant part of India’s labour migrants. Two researchers circulated with migrant labourers as they moved between different localities for work, while one focussed on family members who remained in the village.
Partners for this project include Centre for Equity Studies (CES) New Delhi, India; Asian Development and Research Institute Patna, India; Praxis New Delhi, India.
Read more about the outcome, methodologies and various toolkit developed in this project here.