Working papers on the Internet


Many interesting South Asia related research papers were presented at the international conference that the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) hosted in November 2009. The conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, had an aim to better understand the social and political dimensions of the current crisis and subsequent policy and institutional reforms, and their implications for developing countries.Full information about the 2009 UNRISD conference
The draft papers presented at this conference are now available on the Internet. Some of the most interesting papers specifically refer to South Asia, such as the following:
– ‘Financial Risk, Risk and Vulnerability among the Extreme Poor' presented by Azim Manji, Shiree and Josef Devine, University of Bath, UK. 
– ‘Redistribution and Social Protection: Contrasting Experiences of Thailand (1990s) and India (2009)'presented by Govind Kelkar, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) India, and Dev Nathan, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi.
– ‘Emerging Constraints on Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries under Neoliberalism and Crisis: Evidence from the Rural Economy in India’ presented by Arindam Banerjee, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, India.
– ‘Restructuring Development during Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from India’ by Indira Hirway, Centre for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad, India, and Seeta Prabhu, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India.

Chatham HouseThe Asia Research Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs/Chatham House in London presents its Reports, based on in-depth research conducted by experts based at or attached to Chatham House; and its Briefing Papers, shorter, policy relevant papers written by experts in their field, online. Chatham House also publishes working papers, conference reports and proceedings, summary reports of meetings and seminars, transcripts and other relevant material related to Asian studies (includng South Asia). Recent Chatham House Reports include ”India and its Neighbours: Do Economic Interests Have the Potential to Build Peace?” by Charu Lata Hogg (November 2007); ”Child Recruitment in South Asian Conflicts: A comparative Analysis of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh”, also by Charu Lata Hogg (November 2006); and ”Contemporary Indian Views of Europe” by Karine Lisbonne-de Vergeron (September 2006). Full information about the Asia Programme Reports with links to full papers.


The Queen Elizabeth House Working Papers Series, University of Oxford. Distributes research papers free of charge via Internet in order to stimulate discussion among the worldwide community of scholars. Recent papers in the Series related to South Asia include "Commercialisation, Commodification And Gender Relations In Post Harvest Systems For Rice In South Asia” by Prof Barbara Harriss-White, and ”Religious Schools, Social Values and Economic Attitudes: Evidence from Bangladesh” by Mohammad Niaz Asadullah (Reading University) and Nazmul Chaudhury (World Bank).


UNRISDOn 7 August 2006 the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) based in Geneva, Switzerland, launched a redeveloped version of their web It includes a valuable repository of research findings and publications, as well as a forward-looking resource detailing the future directions of the organization. The redeveloped site will ensure that constituents benefit from user-friendly access to the information they need. Regular users will still find the same wealth of content, with a large number of documents and publications available in full text and free of charge.


The Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics (HPSACP) is a series of interesting research papers in the field of Political Science since the year 2000 published by the Dept. of Political Science at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg.


AmbedkarThe Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in New York USA enhances teaching and learning through the purposeful use of new media. CCNMTL builds course web sites to develop advanced projects that act as demonstrations and explorations of pedagogical and curricular possibility. One such South Asia related project recently published is a multimedia presentation of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's famous ”The Annihilation of Caste” presentation. Ambedkar was the first highly educated (Ph.D., Columbia University), politically prominent member of the Hindu "Untouchable" castes., and wrote this paper for the 1936 meeting of a group of liberal Hindu caste-reformers in Lahore. After reviewing the speech, conference organizers revoked Dr. Ambedkar's invitation. He then self-published the work, which became an immediate classic. It is now being edited for classroom use by Fran Pritchett; with explanatory annotations; and several other major texts by Dr. Ambedkar. Faculty interview videos have also been added and a timeline created. Go for the Ambedkar project.


An India based initiative was launched on 27 February 2006 to provide researchers and others open access to millions of journal articles online. The Open J-Gate project is also a searchable database of journal literature, indexed from 3000+ open access journals (more than 1500 of them are peer-reviewed scholarly journals), with links to full text at Publisher sites. It is a contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd , and its web portal, updated every day, currently gives links to more than one million open access articles. Go to the Open J-Gate web portal.


Nepal Research is a website on Nepal and Himalayan Studies run by Dr. Karl-Heinz Krämer, Dept. of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. It links up with research papers on the political development in Nepal.


Working Papers from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in the UK are available as pdf-files on-line. ODI is Britain's leading independent think-tank on International development and humanitarian issues, and in the period 2002–September 2005 there were 98 papers produced, 29 of which deal with South Asia. India predominates during this period, with researchers working on Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh being especially active.


Academic research papers online are now easily accessible with Google Scholar. This additional service was introduced by the World’s leading search engine Google in January 2005. Specific searches for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports, are now made possible. Google Scholar also automatically analyzes and extracts citations and presents them as separate results, even if the documents they refer to are not online. This means the search results may include citations of older works and seminal articles that appear only in books or other offline publications.


The Lancet, the world's leading independent general medical journal (1.1 million registered users), in 2005 introduced a new series called Neonatal Survival, focusing on the issue of child survival. The aim behind Neonatal Survival is to erase the excuse of ignorance for public and political inaction once and for all. The series is the product of a partnership between scientists, health workers, and journal editors. The Lancet has decided to support this important public health campaign by making this special issue available through the Internet at no cost. Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, is one of the main contributors to Neonatal Survival. Go for Neonatal Survival.


The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institution that conducts and facilitates quality, action-oriented research and analysis to inform policy, improve practice and increase the impact of humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan.  AREU was established by the assistance community working in Afghanistan, works closely with the government and has a management board with representation from donors, UN agencies and NGOs. It is funded from voluntary contributions by the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the European Union (EU) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). One of AREU’s main activities is publishing Issues Papers in English and Dari; and partnering with the Kabul University library to help catalogue the books in its Afghanistan Studies Section.More information on the publication series.


The Indian Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), a national-level public funded research and educational institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research has taken a lead in making available its working papers on the Internet so that interested scholars can download them for free. The research deals with industrial development, with special emphasis on the problems of India and its relationship with other countries of the world. Go for the Working papers.

The web site Disaster Diplomacy, Cambridge University, in association with Radix (Radical Interpretations of and Solutions for Disasters),presents a large number of papers and background material on disasters Worldwide. It tries to examine the role of disaster in international affairs and international relations as well as applying the principles and results to internal political situations. Thomas Myhrvold-Hanssen has written a piece entitled ”Democracy, News Media, and Famine Prevention: Amartya Sen and The Bihar Famine of 1966-67”, on the relationship between democracy and famine through a critique of Amartya Sen's suggestion that democracy is the best way of preventing famine. The Bihar famine in India from 1966 to 1967 is used as the main case study, but the famine in Sudan from 1986 to 1989 is also examined. Go for the paper (as a pdf-file)


A Background paper on the ”Impact of Conflict on HIV/Aids in South Asia”, written by PhD K S Subramanian in August 2002 is now available through SASNET. The report makes a rapid appraisal of the impact of conflict on HIV/AIDS in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is intended as a strategic document, written from the perspective of policy professionals and decision makers outside the health sector, with help from UNDP, which sponsored the study. Go for the report! (pdf-file).


The Stockholm International Water Instituteorganizing the World Water Weeks at Stockholm every year, has begun to make its reports available free of charge at its web page. Among the titles available are found the reports on: • Balancing Human Security and Ecological Interests in a Catchment; • Water Security for Cities, Food and Environment – Towards Catchment Hydrosolidarity; and • Water Management in Developing Countries: SIWI Recommendation for EU Development Co-operation. 
Dr Arunachalam RajagopalSaciWATERs, Hyderabad, India, delivered a lecture on ”Link to Downstream Aquaculture”, as part of the ”Balancing Human Security and Ecological Security Interests in a Catchment” seminar in 2002. This paper is available though SASNET (as a pdf-file).