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The “State-Sponsored” Public Sphere

Darshana Patel's picture

In India’s 2 million villages, public meetings at the village level called Gram Sabhas (GSs) have provided a structured, institutionalized space for dialogue between the local government and its citizens.  In a recently released paper on the topic, Vijayendra Rao and Paromita Sanyal have coined these GSs as “state-sponsored” public sphere.  In fact, these meetings are mandated by national legislation. 

In India, these public meetings not only offer a space to dialogue and feedback between citizens and local power holders, they also pair it with real decision-making on how to manage local resources for beneficiaries for public programs.  This is the most striking feature of the GSs.  While the government provides data on families living below the poverty line that could be eligible for local resources, the GSs are required to have these lists ratified by those attending the meeting.  Citizens can directly challenge the data in “a forum where public discourse shapes the meaning of poverty, discrimination and affirmative action.”

Bank’s youth blog looks at impact of financial crisis on young people

Angie Gentile's picture

How is the financial crisis impacting youth around the world? Youthink!, the Bank’s website dedicated to kids and young adults, asked its cadre of youth bloggers from around the world to answer that question.

"Even if the situation ahead of us is really bad, what good would it do to stress about it? It’s more productive to focus on the good things and keep on working towards our goals as a society…" said contributing blogger María Rodríguez of Colombia.

Bringing together seven young bloggers from across the world, the Youthink! blog features posts about topics as wide-reaching but impactful as climate change to health in the developing world. Since launching in January 2009, Youthink! bloggers have managed to spark lively debates and discussions among the site’s audience.

The first batch of Youthink! bloggers are:


A 2006 Webby Award winner, Youthink! aims to inform youth on development issues and inspire them to get involved. The site contains a section for educators, and most of the content is now available in French, Spanish, and Chinese.

What a Difference an 'S' makes

Paolo Mefalopulos's picture

A few months ago, I finalized the Development Communication Sourcebook published by the World Bank. It includes a section entitled “Ten Key Issues on (Development) Communication” that addresses misconceptions frequently encountered when working in this field.

Inclusion for Change – Peace and Otherwise

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China Development Blog - A space for discussion

David Dollar's picture
Vue aérienne de la forêt amazonienne près de Manaus, Brésil. Photo by CIAT via CIFOR Flickr
Lorsque je pense à la vitesse à laquelle les ressources s'épuisent, les sols s'érodent et les ressources halieutiques diminuent, ou encore à l'impact du changement climatique sur pratiquement tous les écosystèmes, j’y vois une détérioration lente mais inexorable du monde physique tel que nous le connaissons. ​Cette réalité nous apparaît comme la nouvelle normalité : un phénomène lent qui nous endort, nous conduit à la passivité. Nous acceptons de voir notre monde perdre sa richesse et sa diversité.

Au cours de ma vie, j'ai vu des eaux qui grouillaient de poissons multicolores se dépeupler comme de grands aquariums vides. J'ai vu les rues de Bogota, ma ville natale, perdre des milliers d'arbres en l'espace de quelques années.

​Il y a là largement de quoi être démoralisé. Mais l'espoir est aussi permis, comme nous le rappelle le Congrès mondial des parcs naturels qui réunit cette semaine des spécialistes des zones protégées, des écologistes et des décideurs du monde entier à Sydney, en Australie.