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Can a Top down Approach in public policy making can bring the desired result? In my experience answer is big “No”. But there is much bigger question that “How can we fix this”. As a development professional I have always thrived to get answers to this question.

While pursuing rural management in my post-graduation, working within different thematic area of rural development, I understood realities of exclusion, vulnerability and development. This experience made me realize that beautiful policies created in national capital have serious unanticipated consequences, when the logic of practice is contrary to the good will of policy maker. My exposure visits to Saraburi province of Thailand as part of my coursework during MBA in rural development, was an opportunity for me to learn the “Philosophy of Self-Sufficiency Economy” adopted in country for social, economic and environmental development. I was fascinated by the sustainable impact that it had on the lives of their citizens. This was when my heartfelt that a sustainable, equal and just society is possible, it just requires an effective citizen centric policy making that adheres to the actual needs of the people, that is positive and sustainable.

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This incident motivated me to reorient my career vision towards understanding governance and public policy in the context of sustainable development.  While working as development associate in “Support Program for Urban reforms” which was in collaboration with Bihar Government and DFID, and as part of technical assistance team in implementing “Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) in municipalities, I got firsthand experience of participatory approaches in development.  Our approach for urban poverty alleviation were built around the framework of livelihoods, access to improved sanitation and basic services and entitlements through community centric demand driven. Whereas, in SBM, thus far focus of ULB’s in general have been on driving administration to meet physical infrastructure structure. This is when I realized cascading effect of community participation i.e., ownerships, community monitoring, overall demand generation and peer pressure for behavior change and sustainable development.

This experience is of critical importance for implementation of any policy that indirectly encourages subsidy dependency and discourage ownership, which in result translates into wastage of huge part of tax payer’s money.     My current profile with Participatory Research in Asia, working in “Engaged Citizen, Responsive City” project has provided me space for research in thematic area of inclusive city development.  Keeping major focus upon informal settlements in town, it assesses, the accessibility of different services provided by municipal corporations to urban poor and to create platforms for participation in planning and monitoring of sanitation services for this community.Primary research for project indicated that communities do not receive adequate municipal services. Community members articulated the reason as ‘our settlements are not on the map’ – essentially, in their experience, they lived in the city but did not exist in official records.  We have initiated a process of dialogue between the community members from informal settlements and municipal councillors and officials through Information sharing, building human and institutional capacities and advocacy helping to bridge the disconnect between these two stakeholders. Recently, I have completed research on women sanitation worker in Muzaffarpur town. Objective of research was to draw attention towards the indifference attitude of the local self-government bodies towards sanitation worker through an anthropological and social lenses and thus evaluating nuances in strategies that value the contribution of women sanitation worker in mitigating India’s sanitation challenge.

 Major learnings that I could draw were persistence of gender inequality in the public policy spheres and poor implementation of policies made for wellbeing of informal sector workers. This study, will be used as advocacy tool, would build pressure to extend policy practice and regulatory mechanism to safeguard the interest of sanitation workers in particular and informal sector workers in general.   All of these life experiences have greatly influenced my viewpoint towards governance, development policy making, power to people approach and management of programs. This has motivated me to sharpen my skills as a development and management professional. By combining public policy with management, I will be able to work in complex social and political arena of our world.My interest to choose UK and specifically IDS for graduate study is not an instant decision.

I am fascinated by UK’s education policy. It is committed to maintaining and growing the UK’s reputation as the destination and partner of choice for motivated students, researchers and institutions across the globe. I strongly believe the IDS’s more than 50 years of experience on policy development would offer an excellent opportunity to examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks.  Moreover, besides the core courses are offered under Governance, Development and Public Policy, majority of study areas like Impact Evaluation, Health and Development, Politics of Implementing Gender and Development and Aid and Poverty would purposefully address my expertise need. Lastly, its periodic seminar/ lecture series i.e.

Sussex Development Lectures, IDS events in UK Parliament and many more would be a fantastic opportunity to meet global thinker and development practitioner which would help me have global perspective of public policy. At IDS, I prefer Dr. Deepta Chopra mentorship to understand political economy aspects of policy formulation and implementation. Her extensive work on gender, Governance, social policy and protection is utterly inspiring. Her wealth of real world experience in designing and implementation of projects especially in Central and South Asian countries will give wonderful avenue for me to understand India context in a comprehensive way.I assured you that I would keep up my diligence and good demeanour during the course.

I sincerely expect that you would share my confidence by accepting me to your esteemed institution with possible financial assistance. I am confident that this statement of purpose will merit me a place in your esteemed institute. With this I am enclosing a copy of curriculum vitae for more detail information on education, trainings and kind of projects dealt. Being management graduate, in the years to follow with acquired public policy skills at IDS, I would get wider platform to serve more than one billion people of India.Can a Top down Approach in public policy making can bring the desired result? In my experience answer is big “No”.

But there is much bigger question that “How can we fix this”. As a development professional I have always thrived to get answers to this question. While pursuing rural management in my post-graduation, working within different thematic area of rural development, I understood realities of exclusion, vulnerability and development.

This experience made me realize that beautiful policies created in national capital have serious unanticipated consequences, when the logic of practice is contrary to the good will of policy maker. My exposure visits to Saraburi province of Thailand as part of my coursework during MBA in rural development, was an opportunity for me to learn the “Philosophy of Self-Sufficiency Economy” adopted in country for social, economic and environmental development. I was fascinated by the sustainable impact that it had on the lives of their citizens. This was when my heartfelt that a sustainable, equal and just society is possible, it just requires an effective citizen centric policy making that adheres to the actual needs of the people, that is positive and sustainable.

This incident motivated me to reorient my career vision towards understanding governance and public policy in the context of sustainable development. While working as development associate in “Support Program for Urban reforms” which was in collaboration with Bihar Government and DFID, and as part of technical assistance team in implementing “Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) in municipalities, I got firsthand experience of participatory approaches in development.  Our approach for urban poverty alleviation were built around the framework of livelihoods, access to improved sanitation and basic services and entitlements through community centric demand driven. Whereas, in SBM, thus far focus of ULB’s in general have been on driving administration to meet physical infrastructure structure. This is when I realized cascading effect of community participation i.e., ownerships, community monitoring, overall demand generation and peer pressure for behavior change and sustainable development. This experience is of critical importance for implementation of any policy that indirectly encourages subsidy dependency and discourage ownership, which in result translates into wastage of huge part of tax payer’s money.

     My current profile with Participatory Research in Asia, working in “Engaged Citizen, Responsive City” project has provided me space for research in thematic area of inclusive city development.  Keeping major focus upon informal settlements in town, it assesses, the accessibility of different services provided by municipal corporations to urban poor and to create platforms for participation in planning and monitoring of sanitation services for this community.Primary research for project indicated that communities do not receive adequate municipal services. Community members articulated the reason as ‘our settlements are not on the map’ – essentially, in their experience, they lived in the city but did not exist in official records.

  We have initiated a process of dialogue between the community members from informal settlements and municipal councillors and officials through Information sharing, building human and institutional capacities and advocacy helping to bridge the disconnect between these two stakeholders. Recently, I have completed research on women sanitation worker in Muzaffarpur town. Objective of research was to draw attention towards the indifference attitude of the local self-government bodies towards sanitation worker through an anthropological and social lenses and thus evaluating nuances in strategies that value the contribution of women sanitation worker in mitigating India’s sanitation challenge.  Major learnings that I could draw were persistence of gender inequality in the public policy spheres and poor implementation of policies made for wellbeing of informal sector workers. This study, will be used as advocacy tool, would build pressure to extend policy practice and regulatory mechanism to safeguard the interest of sanitation workers in particular and informal sector workers in general.

  All of these life experiences have greatly influenced my viewpoint towards governance, development policy making, power to people approach and management of programs. This has motivated me to sharpen my skills as a development and management professional. By combining public policy with management, I will be able to work in complex social and political arena of our world.My interest to choose UK and specifically IDS for graduate study is not an instant decision.

I am fascinated by UK’s education policy. It is committed to maintaining and growing the UK’s reputation as the destination and partner of choice for motivated students, researchers and institutions across the globe. I strongly believe the IDS’s more than 50 years of experience on policy development would offer an excellent opportunity to examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks.  Moreover, besides the core courses are offered under Governance, Development and Public Policy, majority of study areas like Impact Evaluation, Health and Development, Politics of Implementing Gender and Development and Aid and Poverty would purposefully address my expertise need. Lastly, its periodic seminar/ lecture series i.e. Sussex Development Lectures, IDS events in UK Parliament and many more would be a fantastic opportunity to meet global thinker and development practitioner which would help me have global perspective of public policy. At IDS, I prefer Dr.

 Deepta Chopra mentorship to understand political economy aspects of policy formulation and implementation. Her extensive work on gender, Governance, social policy and protection is utterly inspiring. Her wealth of real world experience in designing and implementation of projects especially in Central and South Asian countries will give wonderful avenue for me to understand India context in a comprehensive way.I assured you that I would keep up my diligence and good demeanour during the course. I sincerely expect that you would share my confidence by accepting me to your esteemed institution with possible financial assistance. I am confident that this statement of purpose will merit me a place in your esteemed institute. With this I am enclosing a copy of curriculum vitae for more detail information on education, trainings and kind of projects dealt.

Being management graduate, in the years to follow with acquired public policy skills at IDS, I would get wider platform to serve more than one billion people of India.

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