16/09/2016: PCA with UNICEF India Country Office for Analysis of SBM(G) Data

A PCA has been signed today between UNICEF India Country Office and Riddhi Foundation on continuation of the works related to analysis of progress of SBM(G) across the country. The period of the analysis will cover the financial year 2016-17. Quarterly analysis will be conducted for the country as a whole showing state wise progress and for each of the 15 major States, where UNICEF has presence, showing district wise progress. The analyses will be reported in the form of Fact Sheets, as was done in the previous year, for guiding the implementing officials at the national, state and the district level. As desired by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS), Riddhi Foundation will also analyse, once in every two months, the progress of implementation of SBM(G) in 182 priority districts located in 24 states across the country, which have been identified for making those ODF by March 2017. Around half of the districts will be taken up for analysis every months so that progress in each district is analysed every alternative month and, thus, progress of roughly around 90 districts will be taken up for analysis every month. A Fact Sheet will be prepared for each district for guiding the district concerned. This is a huge task and Riddhi Foundation is fully equipped to do the analysis on time and share the same with the UNICEF for making those available to the states and districts through the MDWS.

12/08/2016: Riddhi Foundation to Conduct Landscape Analysis for the THALI Project in Kolkata

Tuberculosis Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI), is a project supported by USAID. The programme is being implemented by a consortium of national and international Partners and Kolkata has been included for being covered under the initiative. The interventions will be confined to 37 Wards within the three health districts of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation namely, Tangra, Haji and Maniktala, which have substantially high slum population. For planning the interventions appropriately, which will continue for several years, a landscape analysis has to be conducted first. That will require mapping of all the health facilities in the target area and services provided like detection, treatment and supply of medicines etc. for knowing the access to various services a patient with symptoms of TB can access. Exact geographic location (latitude and longitude, using GPS) of all the facilities like hospitals/nursing homes and clinics and availability of chest specialists/other doctors; chamber of individual doctors including chest specialists/other qualified doctors and even unqualified providers; diagnostic centres and types of tests required to detect TB being carried out and location of all pharmacies are to be captured through the survey. Various attributes of the services like ownership and nature (public, private and charitable) of the facilities, number of patients visiting the facility, number of tests actually conducted, fees for various services, number of positive cases, knowledge of RNTCP and use of recommended protocol for treatment, sale of drugs for treatment of TB, referral services etc. will also be captured. All these information will be put up in a web-enabled GIS with appropriate MIS to help making queries for making appropriate spatial analysis of access to various services and understanding the bottlenecks. In addition to that, IDIs will be conducted for selected service providers including doctors and the officials implementing RNTCP. The providers will be selected through a randomized sampling process from among all the providers found in the survey and several FGDs will be conducted at the community level to understand the pathways to detection and treatment of TB in the target area. All facilities within around 3 km from the boundaries of the target area will also be captured and will be made visible in the GIS. The work has been assigned to a consortium of DevInsights, New Delhi and Riddhi Foundation. This is a unique work and is quite challenging too and the team is fully equipped to take up the challenge. The work has already started and the same has to be completed in just 100 days.

01/08/2016: Riddhi Foundation to Study GP Level Planning in 3 States of the Country

Riddhi Foundation has been conducting research on decentralized planning in West Bengal. The scope on study on decentralized planning at the Gram Panchayat (GP) level has increased substantially after the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission was accepted by the Union Government and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MOPR) has issued guidelines for “Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP)” to all the States for strengthening Gram Panchayat level planning for which award of the 14th Finance Commission will be an important source of untied fund. MOPR also desires to understand how the planning and its implementation is taking place at GP level. UNICEF India country office was approached by the MOPR to undertake studies on some selected states namely, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, UP, Telangana and Assam. UNICEF has assigned the task to Intercooperation Social Development India (ICSD) and Riddhi Foundation to take up the task in 3 States each. Riddhi Foundation has been studying the planning processes in the first three States and will also make recommendations on possible improvement in planning, particularly to enhance the wellbeing of the women and children through GP level planning. The work has started in full swing and the first phase of the work will be completed by December 2016.

20/07/2016: Riddhi Foundation was assigned by the National Jute Board

Riddhi Foundation was assigned by the National Jute Board the task of undertaking a study to assess the socioeconomic status of the Jute Mill Workers of West Bengal and suggest ways for improving the same. The task has since been completed and the draft report was submitted in the first week of July. The findings and the recommendations were presented before the officials of the Board today. Jute Commissioner, Government of India also remained present. The final report is going to be submitted soon.

29/06/2016: New MOU has been signed with NIRD & PR

Riddhi Foundation has been working with National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) as per MOU signed between the two organizations on 6 th March 2012, which was being extended from time to time on a yearly basis. The range of works taken up together includes application of ICT and GIS in rural development and planning as well as research on local governance. Successful implementation of the projects has strengthened the collaboration and a new MOU has been signed on the 28 th June 2016 for increasing the areas of collaboration for the next three years.

22/06/2016: NIRD & PR Director visits the office of RIDDHI FOUNDATION

Dr. W. R. Reddy (IAS), the Director General of the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, visited the Head office of Riddhi Foundation at Kolkata today. A meeting was held with the President of Riddhi Foundation, Dr. M. N. Roy and Dr. Reddy regarding the status of the previous partnerships between the two organisations and the probable areas for developing new partnerships in the near future. The discussion turned out to be promising.

09/10/2015: Study on the socio-economic condition of Jute Mill workers and their families

National Jute Board, a statutory body under the Ministry of Textiles of the Government of India has entrusted the "Study for assessing the socio-economic condition of the Jute Mill workers and their families" to Riddhi Foundation after a process of competitive bidding. The work has been started and the same is expected to be completed within next six months.

07/09/2015: Evidence Based Monitoring of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) through disaggregated performance analysis

Riddhi Foundation has signed a PCA with UNICEF Country Office for 'Evidence Based Monitoring of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) through disaggregated performance analysis'. Based on this PCA, Riddhi Foundation will analyse the physical and financial performances under the SBM(G) for the country as a whole showing the state wise progress and for each state showing district wise progress. The exercise will be taken up every quarter for the next one year. UNICEF and Riddhi Foundation together have made a presentation on the national level analysis for the quarter ending on June 2015 before the Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on the 2nd September. The analysis will be of much use as a decision support tool for improving implementation of the SBM(G) up to district level.

10/07/2015: Decision Support tool initiated for steering activities related to SBM in Maharashtra

Riddhi Foundation, the Principal Key Resource Centre for M&E of the Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, has analysed the district wise physical progress of construction of toilets under SBM (G) and how the coverage of household toilets varied across the districts from the baseline survey conducted in Novermber 2012 till March 2015 as well as performance under the programme during the year 2014-15 for the entire state. The analysis also included financial performances under SBM (G) across the entire state. The same was presented on the 8th July before all the CEOs of the state in presence of the Principal Secretary, Water Supply & Sanitation Department and representatives of UNICEF, Mumbai Office by Dr M.N.Roy, President of RF. The analysis and feedbacks provided in the form of Fact Sheets will be very useful as a decision support tool for steering activities related to SBM (G) in the state.

05/05/2015: Real Time Monitoring of Accelerating Access to Household Sanitation in Aurangabad Division

The project for monitoring the access to household sanitation in Aurangabad division, which was being partnered by Riddhi Foundation along with UNICEF, has been extended to 31st March 2016. Apart from monitoring the progress of Annual Implementation plan and the Annual Perspective Plan of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on a spatial format for all the eight district of Aurangabad division, two more features have been taken up as the new objectives of the project; first being the Real Time Monitoring of capturing the physical progress of construction of household toilets with geo-tagged photographs using Android mobile phones through an ICT based system. This is being piloted in 10 GPs of Bhokardan block of Jalna District and the system has been hosted at http://bhokardan.washgis.org. The second objective is to analyse the GP-wise performances of Osmanabad District to give feedback up to GP level for improving the performances, which will be reflected in thematic maps and shared with the CEO, Divisional Commissioner and the WSSO. A fresh bottle-neck analysis will be carried out around mid 2015-16.

04/05/2015: Monitoring nutrition status of all under-5 children of Dhalai and West Tripura Districts of Tripura State

Riddhi Foundation has been entrusted by Education (Social Welfare and Social Education) Department of Government of Tripura, with the responsibility to develop a system to monitor all three indicators viz. weight for age, weight for height and height for age (underweight, wasting and stunting respectively) for children up to six years. The project is to be implemented in six ICDS Projects of Dhalai and eight ICDS Projects of West Tripura District of Tripura. The project is an extension of the existing Nutrition Surveillance System and will run independently so that the same can be easily replicated for application in other districts. The new system will help the frontline service providers of ICDS, like the Anganwadi Workers and Supervisors to monitor the nutrition status of the children and initiate corrective action with little loss of time. The proposed system, to be called 'Jatak', will be a simple web-enabled system for growth monitoring of children with least effort by entering weight and height of each child every month.

28/02/2015: Child growth and survival of children living in Attappady block of Kerala

Riddhi Foundation is engaged in providing support to the Government of Kerala in partnership with UNICEF for improving child nutrition and survival in Attappady block of Palakkad district. A quick evaluation of the progress made during the last one year shows signs of improvement. The number of death of children below 5 years has come down from above 50 during the year 2013 to 18 during the year 2014. The ICT based system closely monitors delivery of health and nutrition services to nearly 4,300 children, many of whom live in remote tribal hamlets. There is special focus on monitoring the status of SAM & MAM children, who are provided support from the three Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres within the block and there is also a community based programme to follow up the SAM & MAM children who are released from the NRCs after stabilization. The length/height and weight of all SAM children under community management are measured every 15 days by the JPHNs (ANMs). Growth of MAM children is monitored by them once in a month. Government of Kerala has decided that along with measuring weight, which the Anganwadi workers carry out regularly, the Anganwadi workers will also measure the length/height of children below 5 years once a month to assess all the three dimensions of their nutritional status. This will help identifying cases of growth faltering for early interventions. The system also tracks the pregnant and lactating mothers for monitoring services delivered to them as well as knowing their health conditions for assessing risks of pregnancy and reducing the same through appropriate interventions. The Government of Kerala has decided in favour of continuation of the project at Attappady and is exploring the possibility of replication of similar project in Mananthavady block of Wayanad district.

17/02/2015: Riddhi Foundation submits the report on Tradable Bio-resources

The West Bengal Biodiversity Board desired to get an overview of the various bio-resources being traded in the state and to also identify and assess the value of all tradable bio-resources and their economic potential in order to promote their conservation, sustainable use and piloting ABS mechanism. The task was assigned to the Consortium of Ridhhi Foundation and Business Brio. This is the first ever study on this subject being carried out in any state of the country and is very important for proper implementation of certain provisions of the Biological Diversity Act 2002. The work, being of its first kind, was very challenging. The study has been completed and the final report has been submitted to the West Bengal Biodiversity Board on the 17th February. The study has identified total tradable bio-resources of Rs. 1,94,422.5 crore per annum at current price.