Micro Matters

In November 2022, on the eve of India’s assumption of the G20 Presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the principle of “data for development” (D4D) would be integral to India’s tenure as President. His statement was echoed by the G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration in which heads of state unanimously “reaffirm[ed] the role of data for development” in promoting “economic growth and social well-being”.

Published by Reliance Foundation and Observer Research Foundation, Micro Matters explores eight interventions by civil society organisations in India that are advancing the country’s D4D agenda by gathering data; processing it to evolve insights; translating insights into actions; and making a social impact. Their modus operandi reflect many of the priorities articulated by the Government, and are examples of the D4D ethos that India is keen to promote as President of the G20.

With India already being hailed by many as the voice of the Global South both within the G20 and beyond, there could not be a more consequential time to start mainstreaming the D4D approach into the international development agenda. Micro Matters could serve as a step in this direction, and guide policymakers and practitioners alike.

For Reliance Foundation and Observer Research Foundation, this book is the third in a series about transformations in development and governance. The first two - Aspirations, Access & Agency and The First Responders - focused on narratives of women-led change at the community level. The present volume marks a shift by exploring the interventions of organisations rather than individuals.





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