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Overview of Research Related Activities

During this year most of the project activities consisted of follow-up activities of existing or ongoing projects, because it was decided in successive Board Meetings, that as the funding period from the Dutch Government was nearing the end RIB should start specializing in certain areas which it had developed expertise instead of spreading out into new areas. This would be useful to develop a recognizable profile of RIB's activities in order to seek new funding. The research proposals or follow-up activities of ongoing or past research, which were accepted, fell into the following categories (Table -1): Participatory Action Research (PAR, small professional and marginalized communities, innovation in education, advocacy, media and policy relevant issues, agro-based research involving community participation, capacity building and basic research. Out of these the most projects approved fell within Innovation in education (28.57%) and advocacy, media and policy relevant issues (21.43%). Then came activities within the small professionals (14.28%) and agro-based research (14.28%). PAR activities, capacitybuilding and basic research (7.14% each) came next.

Table 2 depicts the trends accrued over the last 8 years of RIB's activities. There is a dominance of projects in the category of small professionals and marginalized communities (17.82%) closely followed by capacity building (17.24%) and PAR (12.07%). Advocacy, media, policy,
basic research and agro-based research followed next with 11.49% each. The relative high proposition in the advocacy sector and agro-based research depicts an organic link between capacity building of marginalized communities and advocacy and sustainability issues through which knowledge is disseminated. Advocacy work exists both at local as well as national levels and agro-based research focuses on food security and sustainable livelihood issues of the marginalized. After that comes education and documenting crafts (5.17% each), followed by
technology (4.98%) and health (3.45%).

Approved Projects