Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
3) Discuss the role played by NGOs and international institutions through their development initiatives in helping India address its hunger problem?(250 words)
Why this question
The article highlights the efforts made by Akshaya Patra foundation and how it has helped in tackling hunger on a large scale in this country. This brings into question the role played by NGOs in addressing developmental challenges and how in cooperation with government they can bring about huge social changes.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the role played by NGOs and developmental institutions in tackling the hunger problem. First we need to highlight the hunger problem in India and thereafter explain how NGOs and international institutions can and are playing a huge role in tackling such challenges.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain that in a democracy, civil society has an important role to play in fulfilling developmental agenda and organised efforts happen through NGOs.
- Discuss the state of problem of hunger in India – India currently has the largest number of undernourished people in the world and this is in spite of the fact that it has made substantial progress in health determinants over the past decades and ranks second worldwide in farm output.
- Highlight how NGOs help in addressing the hunger problem and the role played by international institutions in resolving the hunger crisis
- Discuss what more needs to be done. Discuss the issues faced by such NGOs and what needs to be done in this regard.
Conclusion – Give your view and discuss way forward.