Why spend 5 additional years for PhD if you have equivalent published works already?

Dr Hemant Ojha
If you have just completed Master’s and want to continue through a PhD, then spending 4-5 years on a new research project is all justifiable before you can be awarded a PhD. But for a large number of active and mid-career professionals who have already spent several years doing research, this conventional route to earning a higher degree could actually be a waste of time.

Bridging Research and Practice for Catalysing Change

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
We need to bring research and practice together, without collapsing their unique values. More intimate dialogues needed among the peoples residing in the two different worlds. And we also need more people of the hybrid breed – those who can do research in and through practice, and those who can practice while doing research.

PhD Education – The need for a radical improvement

PhD education is in crisis, creating distress and misery in the lives of many who embark on this problematic educational offering coming from Universities around the world. It is now time to fundamentally review and reflect on this activity – the PhD Program –  that started 200 years ago.

Why Diaspora for SDGs?

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
The value of remittance from diaspora is already three times higher than international development aid from the developed countries. Yet, diaspora still remains outside the domain of international development cooperation. It is now time to link the two and harness the combined power to remove deprivation and injustices in the developing world.

Improving the theory of change in international development

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
Using an adaptive theory of change approach, project managers can not only formulate clearer idea of how their efforts might lead to change, but they are also better equipped to detect where their assumptions are proving wrong and where and when adaptive actions need to be taken.

Why do some development programs hurt the poor despite good intentions?

By Dr Basundhara Bhattarai
Every year, billions of dollars is spent in poverty reduction globally. Despite such huge investment and efforts, why so many of the poor are still unable to manage a decent living? Thinking before acting, and acting with a clear theory of change, can make a lot of difference in international development.

SDG and Australia

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
It is important to note that DFAT is actively consulting civil society and private sector partners and peak bodies closely in the process of developing Australia’s voluntary SDG Report. How actively the stakeholders contribute to this process and what sort of report will come out eventually is of immense importance on Austrslia’s engagement with SDG.