Overall strengthening of village community ties so that people work together for tasks of common welfare can be of immense significance for the success of development programmes. This is all the more important in the area of water and sanitation where initiatives which benefit the entire community are more likely. The effectiveness of this approach can be seen in Deedakheda and Rajukkheda village of Sehore block (also Sehore district), Madhya Pradesh.

Inputs for the approach paper to the 12th Five Year Plan.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was launched at Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh, on 2 February 2006. Five years have passed. This gives an opportunity to reflect and set norms for the future.

December 2010 witnessed the dawn of democracy in Jharkhand, which is one of the poorest and Maoist-infested tribal states of India. Polls were held on a non-party basis.

Panchayat elections - mounting expenses and declining morals in Himachal Pradesh - a report.

Role of PRIs in community water and sanitation services: Examples and experiences - A report.

The role of local governments is of direct tangible importance to climate adaptation debates because, although many processes are global, most impacts will be local. At a practical level one important way in which panchayats can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is by helping in the harnessing of renewable energy sources.

The newly elected panchayat representatives of Rajasthan have demanded devolution of all 29 subjects to the panchayats of the state.

In March 2010, large scale corruption in the implementation of NREGA waa exposed in Fatehpura block of Dahod district (Gujarat). The massive scale of the corruption is evident from the fact that NREGA authorities got a complaint of cheating registered with the police against 16 persons.

The Decentralisation Community of Solution Exchange, an initiative of the United Nations in India, provides a platform for increasing our understanding of local governance-both rural and urban-through knowledge sharing and collaboration.