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Professor and Head, Centre for Decentralisation and Development
Area of Specialisation
  • Decentralisation, Poverty Reduction, Development through and Interface among Local Organisations, Micro Finance, Social Security for Unorganised Workers and Child Labour.

Academic Qualification
  • BA and MA in Economics with first class from Sri Venkateswara University, Andhra Pradesh, India, in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

  • M.Phil. degree in Applied Economics (with A- grade) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1986. M.Phil. dissertation was on ‘Land Transfers and Family Partitioning’.

  • Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 1994. The Ph.D. dissertation was on ‘Economic Mobility of Rural Households: A Study of Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh, c.1860-1989’.

Selected Publications

Books

  1. (Co-editor) Vulnerability and Globalisation: Perspectives and Analyses from India, Rawat Publications: Jaipur, 2012.

  2. (Co-author) Institutional Design for Tackling the Problem of Child Labour, Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2011.

  3. (Co-author) Decentralised Governance and Service Delivery: Affordability of Drinking Water Supply by Gram Panchayats in Karnataka, ISEC Monograph No.23, Bangalore, 2011.

  4. (Co-author) Growing Rural-Urban Disparity in Karnataka, Serials Publications, New Delhi, 2010.

  5. (Co-author) Good Governance and Poverty Alleviation: A Study of SGSY Programme, Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2007.

  6. (Co-author) Child Labour in Bidar and Chamarajanagar Districts: Status Report and Ways Forward, ILO, New Delhi, 2007.

  7. (Co-author) Effectiveness of Micro-Finance Programmes in Reducing Vulnerability to Debt Bondage in Andhra Pradesh, ILO, Geneva, 2006.

  8. (Co-author) Design and Management of Social Security Benefits for Unorganised Workers in Karnataka, GTZ, New Delhi, 2006.

  9. (Co-author) Impact of Bank Interest Rates on SHG Members, Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2006.

  10. (Co-author) State of the Indian Farmer: NGOs and Farmers' Movements, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2004.

  11. Micro-Finance, Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment of Women: A Study of Two NGOs from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, ISEC Monograph No. 4, 2004.

  12. Poverty Alleviation Strategies of NGOs, Concept, New Delhi, 2004.

  13. (co-editor) Reluctant Partners Coming Together? The Interface between Government, NGOs and People, Concept, New Delhi, 2004.

  14. (Co-author) Rejuvenating Tanks: A Socio-Ecological Approach, Books for Change, Bangalore, 2003.

  15. (Editor) Decentralised Government and NGOs: Issues, Strategies and Ways Forward, Concept, New Delhi, 1999.

  16. (Editor) Indian Rural Economy in Transition, Printwell, Jaipur, 1998.

  17. (Co-editor) People Centered Rural Development: NGDOs and Decentralised Government, ISEC, CDR, BCO and NOVIB, Bangalore, 1995.

  18. Savings and Credit Systems of the Poor: Some Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Experiences, NOVIB & HIVOS, Bangalore, 1994.

  19. (Co-editor) South Indian Economy: Agrarian Change, Industrial Structure and State Policy, c.1914-c.1947, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1991.

  20. Land Transfers and Family Partitioning: A Historical Study of an Andhra Village, Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., and Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 1988.

Important Articles in Journals and Books

  1. (Co-author) 'How Effective are Social Audits under MGNREGS? Lessons from Karnataka', Sociological Bulletin, 62 (3), September-December, pp. 431-455, 2013.

  2. (Co-author) 'Vocational Education for Adolescent Workers: Some Policy Options', Social Work Chronicle, Vol.2, Issue 1, 2013.

  3. (Co-author) 'Affordability of Streetlight Services by Gram Panchayats in Karnataka: Status, Determinants and Ways Forward', Journal of Rural Development, Vol.31 (4): 419-434, 2012.

  4. (Co-author) 'Are Checks and Balances in MGNREGS Effective?'  The Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol.73, Issue 4, October, 2012.

  5. 'Local Self-Government in India: An Overview', Management Review, Vol.6, Issue No.1, July, 2012.

  6. (Co-author) 'Social Protection Policies, Experiences and Challenges'. In R Nagaraj (ed.) Growth, Inequality and Social Development in India: Is Inclusive Growth Possible?, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

  7. 'Organizing Practices and Coping Strategies of Agricultural Labourers: A Case of Mutah Labour in South India', in Karsten Paerregaard and Neil Webster (eds.) The Byways of the Poor: Organizing Practices and Economic Control in the Developing World, Museum Tusculanum Press, Denmark, 2012.

  8. (Co-author) 'Does Micro-Finance Reduce Vulnerability: A Study of Dalit Households in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu', in N Jayaram and D Rajasekhar (eds.) Vulnerability and Globalisation: Perspectives and Analyses from India. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2012.

  9. 'Social Security for Unorganised Workers in India', in N Jayaram and D Rajasekhar (eds.) Vulnerability and Globalisation: Perspectives and Analyses from India. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2012.

  10. (Co-author) 'Role of Grama Sabha in the Implementation of MGNREGS: Field Insights from Karnataka', The Grassroots Governance Journal, Vol.IX, No.2, July – December, 2011.

  11. (Co-author) 'Magnitude, Dimensions and Causes of Child Labour in Karnataka: A Secondary Source Review', Indian Journal of Rural and Urban Development (IJRUD), Vol.1, Issue 1, 2011.

  12. (Co-author) 'Implementing Health Insurance: The Rollout of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana in Karnataka', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XLVI, No.20, May 14, 2011.

  13. 'Does Good Governance Work for Poverty Reduction at the Ground Level? A Study of Self-Help Groups in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh', in H S Shylendra (ed.) Challenges of Addressing Poverty and Inequality, Academic Foundation; New Delhi, 2009.

  14. (Co-author) 'Micro-Finance Programmes and Vulnerability to Debt Bondage', in Gopal K Kadekodi and Brinda Vishwanathan (eds.) Agricultural Development, Rural Institutions and Economic Policy, Oxford University Press; New Delhi, 2009.

  15. 'Globalization, Sustainability and Governance of NGO Programmes: Some Reflections on Micro-Finance Programmes from Kerala', in Asok Kumar Sarkar (ed.) NGOs and Globalisation: Developmental and Organisational Facets, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2008.

  16. (Co-author) 'At Times When Limbs May Fail: Social Security for Unorganised Workers in Karnataka', in Gopal K Kadekodi, Ravi Kanbur and Vijayendra Rao (eds.) Development in Karnataka: Challenges of Governance, Equity and Empowerment, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2008.

  17. 'Social Security for Unorganised Workers in India: Status and Issues'. The India Economy Review, Volume V, Quarterly Issue, September 30, 2008.

  18. (Co-author) 'Social Security in Karnataka', In Ulricke Maenner, Corinna Kusel and Ricarda Meissner (eds.) Social and Ecological Market Economy, GTZ, Eschborn, 2008.

  19. (Co-author) 'Women Workers in Urban Informal Employment: the Status of Agarbathi and Garment Workers in Karnataka', Indian Journal of Labour Economics, December 2007.

  20. 'Non-Agricultural Employment for Young Women in India: Status, Opportunities and Way Forward', Endeavour - Journal of Youth Development, Vol.1, No.1, January - June 2007.

  21. (Co-author) 'Employment Insecurity: Evidence on Agricultural Labourers from Karnataka', in Jayasheela and V Basil Hans (eds.) Rural Karnataka, Serials Publications, 2007.

  22. (Co-author) 'Expansion at the Expense of Equity? Institutional Credit Flow to Agriculture in Karnataka', in Jayasheela and V Basil Hans (eds.) Rural Karnataka, Serials Publications, 2007.

  23. (Co-author) 'The Functioning of Grama Panchayats in Karnataka' in T M Joseph (ed.) Local Governance in India: Ideas, Challenges and Strategies, Concept Publishing Company, 2007.

  24. (Co-author) 'One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All: Employment Insecurity of Unorganised Workers in Karnataka', The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol.49, No.3, 2006.

  25. (Co-author) 'Voices of the Women Garment Workers', in B C Prabhakar (ed.) Gender Sensitivity at Workplace, KEA and ILO, 2006.

  26. (Co-author) 'Women Agarbathi Workers: Contributing a Lot but Obtaining Very Little', in B C Prabhakar (ed.) Gender Sensitivity at Workplace, KEA and ILO, 2006.

  27. (Co-author) 'Charges for Rural Drinking Water: Grama Panchayats in Karnataka', in K V Raju (ed.) Elixir of Life: The Socio-Ecological Governance of Drinking Water, Books for Change, 2006.

  28. (Co-author) 'Rural-Urban Disparity in the Provision of Water Supply and Sanitation Services in Karnataka', in K V Raju (ed.) Elixir of Life: The Socio-Ecological Governance of Drinking Water, Books for Change, 2006.

  29. (Co-author) 'Agrarian Structure and Occupational Diversification in Rural Karnataka: Emerging Issues', Labour and Development, Vol.11-12, No.2&1, 2006.

  30. (Co-author) 'An Assessment of a Major Anti-Poverty Programme (SGSY) for Women in India', Indian Development Review, Vol.4, No.2, 2006.

  31. (Co-author) 'Putting the Cart Before a Non-Existent Horse', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XLI, No.32, August 12-18, 2006.

  32.  (Co-author) 'Banking Sector Reform and Credit Flow to Indian Agriculture', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XL, No.53, December 31, 2005 - January 6, 2006.

  33.  (Co-author) 'Unorganised Workers: Deprivation, Social Security Needs, Policy Implications', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.41, No.19, May 13, 2006.

  34.  (Co-author) 'Urban Bias in the Flow of Funds and Deposit Mobilisation: Evidence from Karnataka, India', Savings and Development, Vol.XXIX, Issue:4, 2005.

  35. (Co-author) ‘The Growing Rural-Urban Disparity: Some Issues’, in P N Sankaran and Ravikant Joshi (eds.) Towards Rural-Urban Partnership Development, SJCBA, Bangalore, 2006.

  36.  (Co-author) 'Benefits to the Beedi Workers of Karnataka: Role of Trade Unions', Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.41, No.3, January 2006.

  37.  (Co-author) 'Statutory Benefits to Beedi Workers in Karnataka',  Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol.48, No.4, October-December, 2005.

  38. 'Micro-Finance: A New Poverty Mantra', in R Radhakrishna and Shovan Ray (eds.) Handbook of Poverty in India: Perspectives, Policies and Programmes, Oxford University Press, 2005.

  39.  'Micro-finance and Rural Non-farm Sector: Some NGO Experiences', in Rohini Nayyar and Alakh N Sharma (eds.) Rural Transformation in India: The Role of Non-farm Sector, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2005.

  40.  'Institutions of Development' in M C Behera (ed.) Globalisation and Rural Development: Understanding New Development Paradigm, Commonwealth, New Delhi, 2005.

  41.  'The Interface between Gram Panchayats and NGOs: Issues, Strategies and Ways Forward', Journal of Karnataka Studies, No.2, May - October, 2004.

  42.  (Co-author) Credit Constraints and Distress Sales in Rural India: Evidence from Kalahandi District, Orissa, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.31, No.2, January 2004.

  43.  ‘Where Local Organisations do not work: Problems of Poverty Reduction in Tamil Nadu, India’, in Webster, N. and Engberg-Pedersen, L. (eds.) In the Name of the Poor: Contesting Political Space of Poverty Reduction, London: Zed Books, 2002.

  44.  ‘Impact of Micro Finance Programmes on Poverty and Gender Equality: Some Evidence from Indian NGOs’, in Shahra Razavi (ed.) Shifting Burdens: Gender and Agrarian Change under Neoliberalism, Kumarian Press, Inc, 2002.

  45.  (Co-author) ‘Alternative Employment Opportunities for Women Beedi Workers: A Study in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka’, Journal of Rural Development, 21(4), October – December 2002.

  46.  (Co-author) ‘Changing Face of Beedi Industry in Karnataka’, Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (39), September 2002.

  47.  ‘Economic Programmes and Poverty Reduction: NGO Experiences from Tamil Nadu’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XXXVII, No.29, July 20, 2002.

  48.  ‘Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in India: Opportunities and Challenges’, Journal of Rural Development, 19(2), April – June 2000.

  49.  Rural Decentralisation in Kerala in World Bank, An Overview on Rural Decentralisation in India, 2000.

  50.  Rural Decentralisation in Karnataka in World Bank, An Overview on Rural Decentralisation in India, 2000.

  51.  ‘Micro Finance Programmes and Women's Empowerment: A study of Two NGOs from Kerala, India’, Journal of Social and Economic Development, 3 (1), 2000.

  52.  ‘Use and Abuse of Chemical Fertilisers in a Resource Scarce Economy: Karnataka Province, India’, in  G.A.A. Wossink, G.A. Van Kooten and G H Peters (eds.) Economics of Agro-Chemicals, Dartmouth, 1998.

  53.  ‘Rural Development Strategies of NGOs’, Journal of Social and Economic Development, 2 (1), 1999.

  54.  ‘Problems and Prospects of Group Lending in NGO Credit Programme in India’, Savings and Development, Issue No. 1, 1996.

  55.  ‘Pattern and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in Karnataka: A Disaggregated Analysis at District Level’, Agricultural Situation in India, August, 1996.

  56.  ‘NGDOs, People and Decentralised Government in Karnataka’ in D Rajasekhar et.al (eds.), People Centered Rural Development: NGDOs and Panchayat Raj Institutions, ISEC, CDR, BCO and NOVIB, 1995.

  57.  (Co-author) ‘NGDO Networks in Karnataka’, in D Rajasekhar et.al (eds.), People Centered Rural Development: NGDOs and Panchayat Raj Institutions, ISEC, CDR, BCO and NOVIB, 1995.

  58.  (Co-author) ‘Land Use Pattern in Rayalaseema Region of Andhra’, Economic and Political Weekly, June, 1994.

  59.  (Co-author) ‘Credit for Rural Development: Managerial Reforms in Indian Banks’, Development Policy Review, December, 1993 (U.K).

  60.  (Co-author) ‘Managerial Changes, Rural Credit and Economic Development: A Study in Orissa’, Savings and Development, No. 2, 1993 (Italy).

  61.  (Co-author) ‘Management Inputs and Credit Co-operatives: Lessons from a Field Survey of PACS’, Artha Vijnana, Vol. 35, No. 1, March 1993.

  62.  ‘Commercialisation of Agriculture in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, c. 1900-1947’, S Bhattacharya, G N Rao, Sumit Guha, D Rajasekhar et.al (eds), South Indian Economy c.1914-1947, Oxford University Press, 1991.

  63.  (Co-author) ‘Aspects of Agrarian Transition in the Telugu Countryside: A Study in Inter-regional Variations’, S Bhattacharya, G N Rao, Sumit Guha, D Rajasekhar, et.al. (eds.), South Indian Economy c.1914-1947, Oxford University Press, 1991.

  64.  (Co-author) ‘The Half-Life of Credit: Simulating Fund Flows in the Priority Sector’, Economic and Political Weekly, September 28, 1991.

  65.  (Co-author) ‘Towards a Political Economy of Economic Policy Changes’, Economic and Political Weekly, September 21, 1991.  Also reprinted as ‘Reflections on the Changing Indian Economy: Beyond July 1991’, in Panchamukhi (ed), Fiscal Management of the Indian Economy, Indian Economic Association Trust for Research and Development, 1992.

  66.  ‘Famines and Peasant Mobility: Changing Agrarian Structure in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, c.1860-1900’, Indian Economic and Social History Review, No. 2, 1991. Also printed as Working Paper  No. 233, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 1989.

  67.  (Co-author) ‘The Rural Credit Delivery System: A Study in Pali District of Rajasthan’, Economic and Political Weekly, September 29, 1990; Reprinted in Surjeet Singh (ed.) Rural Credit: Issues for the Nineties, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, 1991.

  68.  (Co-author) ‘The Rural Credit System in the 1990s’, International Journal of Development Banking, Vol.9, No.1, January 1991; Reprinted in S N Chary and Vinod Vyasulu (eds), Management of India's Planning, Printwell, Jaipur, 1991.

  69.  (Co-author) ‘Institutional Credit and Overdues’, Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (7), July, 1991.

Working Papers

  1. (Co-author) Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance?, CSAE Working Paper WPS/2013-06, University of Oxford, UK, 2013.

  2. (Co-author) How Effective are Social Audits under MGNREGS? Lessons from Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper 294, ISEC, Bangalore, 2013.

  3. (Co-author) Can Rural Public Works Affect Agricultural Wages? Evidence from India, CSAE Working Paper WPS/2012-05, University of Oxford, UK, 2012.

  4. (Co-author) Implementing Health Insurance for the Poor: The Rollout of RSBY in Karnataka, EOPP Working Paper No.25, London School of Economics, UK, 2011.

  5. How to Strengthen Social Protection Coverage in India, ILO, Geneva, 2008.

  6. Non-Agricultural Employment for Young Women in India: Status, Opportunities and Ways Forward, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.170, 2006.

  7. (Co-author) Employment Security for the Unorganised Sector Workers in Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.169, 2006.

  8. (Co-author) The Growing Rural-Urban Disparity: Some Issues, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.156, 2004.

  9. Micro-Finance and Poverty Alleviation Issues Relating to NGO Programmes in South India, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.146, 2004.

  10. (Co-author) Credit Flow to Indian Agriculture: Trends and Contributing Factors, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.116, 2002.

  11. (Co-author) People, Government and the NGOs, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.114, 2002.

  12. Action Research for Poverty Alleviation, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.111, 2002.

  13. Non-Governmental Organisations in India: Opportunities and Challenges, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 66, 2000.

  14. Economic Programmes and Poverty Reduction: NGO Experiences from Tamil Nadu, ISEC Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 76, 2000.

  15. Private Financing Firms in Karnataka: A Boon for Tax Dodgers, Working Paper No.228, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, 1988.
Recent Research Reports
  • (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) A Comparative Study of the Health Insurance Schemes in Karnataka, Submitted to Planning Department, Government of Karnataka.

  • (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu, R Manjula) Elite Capture in Grama Panchayats of Karnataka, Submitted to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.

  • (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Magnitude and Dimensions of Child Labour: A Study of Raichur Taluk in Karnataka, Submitted to Department of Labour, GoK, Bangalore and UNICEF, Hyderabad.

  • (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Revenues of Grama Panchayats in Karnataka, ISEC, Bangalore.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Delivery of Social Security and Pension Benefits in Karnataka, Submitted to Directorate of Social Security and Pensions, Department of Revenue, Government of Karnataka.

  • (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Affordability of Water Supply Services by Grama Panchayats in Karnataka, ISEC, Bangalore.

  • (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula, Suchitra J Y) Decentralised Governance and Child Labour: A Study in Karnataka, Submitted to ILO.

  • (D Rajasekhar, Suchitra J Y, R Manjula) Assessing the Micro-Finance needs of Vulnerable Groups, Submitted to NESA.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Institutional Design for Elimination of Child Labour: A Study of State Child Labour Project in Karnataka, Submitted to Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Good Governance and Poverty Alleviation: A Study of SGSY Program, ISEC, Bangalore.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Growing Rural-Urban Disparity in Karnataka, Submitted to NIRD, Hyderabad.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Effectiveness of Micro-Finance Programmes in Reducing Vulnerability to Debt Bondage in Andhra Pradesh, Submitted to ILO.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Design and Management of Social Security Benefits for Unorganised Workers in Karnataka, Submitted to GTZ.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Role of Local Organisations in Water Supply and Sanitation Sector: A Study in Karnataka and Uttaranchal States, India, Submitted to the World Bank, Washington.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Role of Local Organisations in Watershed Development: A Study in Karnataka and Uttaranchal States, India, Submitted to the World Bank, Washington.

  • (D Rajasekhar and others) Role of Local Organisations in Women Development and Empowerment: A Study in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh States, India, Submitted to the World Bank, Washington.

Dr. D Rajasekhar
Professor and Head
Centre for Decentralisation and Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Road, Nagarbhavi PO,
Bangalore 560 072, India
Phone: 080-23219042 (O)
E-Mail: raja@isec.ac.in

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