Devaki Jain

Poverty and Inequality
Feminist Reflection
Human Rights
Statistical Tools
South-South Co-operation
Decentralized Democracy

Curriculum Vitae
Biography in Images


Dezentralized Democracy - A Selection of Texts by Devaki Jain
What Does It Take to Become a Citizen?
Some neglected collective identities in building "nation"
For a seminar on "Democracy, Communalism, Secularism and the Dilemmas of Indian Nationhood", New Delhi January 2005
Localising the Global: The double challenge of decentralization and inclusion of women
International Meeting on "Local Level Gender Budgeting", India International Centre, New Delhi November 1-4, 2004
Development planning for and by women: Over five decades of the Indian experience
By Devaki Jain and C.P. Sujaya
Role of women in decentralization
By Devaki Jain and C.P. Sujaya
In: G. Palanithurai, ed., "Dynamics of New Panchayati Raj System in India", Vol. IV : "Empowering Women"
New Delhi, Concept Pub., 2004, xviii, 357 pages
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The volume examines the various aspects of ongoing process of empowerment of women in the country, drawing experiences from different states. Analysing the role of women in decentralisation, it addresses a variety of issues concerning political empowerment of women at grassroots level, decentralisation of child care service, emerging patterns of rural women leadership and gender needs. The contributions of self-help groups have also been assessed.
Enabling Population Stabilisation through Women's Leadership in Local Self-Government
By V.S. Elizabeth and D. Jain
A Proposal for the Department's New Scheme, NIHFW, New Delhi February 17-18, 2003

Striking Back at the Empire
In: Jai Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, Peter Waterman, eds., "The World Social Forum: challenging empires", p. 289-292
Viveka, New Delhi 2003
Earlier appeared as: "The Empire Strikes Back : A Report on the Asian Social Forum"
In: Economic and Political Weekly, Issue : VOL 38 No. 02, January 11, 2003
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A committed but critical anthology of essays on the theory and practice of the Forum, with essays by wo/men from many parts of the world, with many different points of view. This online version is abbreviated from the printed original, published by Viveka, New Delhi. This is so that it might provide a taster for the print version (with its extensive Documents and Resources) rather than an alternative to it.
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Globalism and Localism - Negotiating Feminist Space
For the conference "Rethinking Gender, Democracy and Development: Is Decentralisation a tool for local effective political voice?", Ferrara University and Modena University, Italy May 20-22, 2002
Democratising Culture
In: N.N. Vohra, ed., "Culture, Democracy and Development in South Asia"
Delhi, Shipra, 2001