Research, studies & social audits

Tribal Women’s Rights in Northeast India: Access to Representation and Justice
Researchers from Nagaland at work
From June 2015 to February 2016, CDPS conducted a field based Study titled Tribal Women’s Rights in Northeast India: Access to Representation and Justice. The Study covered three states in the Northeast: Nagaland, Meghalaya and Assam. The Study was supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata.
Monitoring Teacher and Students' Attendance
A Field Investigator with pupils at a school
From January 2015, CDPS is engaged in a Study on "Monitoring Teacher and Students' Attendance" at schools in four districts of Assam, namely, Jorhat, Darrang, Karimganj and Karbi Anglong. The Study is commissioned by Axom Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission. The Study is expected to be complete by May 2015.
Economic Cooperation Between Assam and Bangladesh
Trade Centre at Sutarkandi
  CDPS prepared a Research Paper on "Economic Cooperation between Assam and Bangladesh”. The study was part of a programme titled “ India and Her Neighbours” carried out by Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. The research paper was prepared during April-May 2014. The paper analyzed the various trade statistics involving India-Bangladesh trade and specifically, Assam-Bangladesh trade. The paper dwelled into the trade volume and composition through each Land Custom Station (LCS) along Assam-Bangladesh border. It discussed the infrastructure available and lacking at those LCSs and also the informal trade taking place through the Assam-Bangladesh border. The Assam-Bangladesh trade and investment potential was also discussed in the paper. The paper highlighted the various constraints in Assam-Bangladesh trade and suggested measures to overcome those.
Feedback on Effectiveness of CSR and Sustainable Activities of Numaligarh
  Refinery Limited
A women beneficiary at work

In order to establish a feedback channel to access effectiveness of CSR and Sustainable activities of the company, NRL commissioned Centre for Development and Peace Studies (, Guwahati to collect feedback from the beneficiaries. The Study duration was from September 2013 – March 2014. For this purpose, a feedback form was prepared by CDPS in consultation with NRL authorities. After that, two half-yearly visits from CDPS were made for collecting the feedback of the beneficiaries of NRL’s CSR and sustainable activities.

During the field visits, the CDPS team collected feedback from the Self Help Groups (SHGs) which were benefited under the Swa Nirbhar Scheme of NRL, individuals who were provided financial assistance for income generating schemes like piggery, goat farm, etc., educational institutions, BPL households which were provided with Sanitary Latrines, farmers who were provided training in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of cultivation, people who were provided training in mushroom cultivation, NRL Football Academy, women benefited from the Mechanized Power Loom Project and individuals or families which were benefited from the various Community Development Programmes of NRL. The beneficiaries gave their feedback as to how NRL’s support has helped them or their organization/institute. They also provided their suggestions for the betterment of the CSR activities of NRL.

Socio-Economic Study of Maoist Affected Districts in Assam
From October 2013 to May 2014: CDPS conducted a study titled, "The Maoist Consolidation in Northeast India: A Strategy to Check the Spread of Red Terror" . The study was complete by May 2014. Under this study, CDPS has carried out a Socio-Economic Survey in four districts of Assam: Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Silchar.
Women-headed households in Assam: The Social and Psychological Impact of
  Insurgency on Women in Assam
Survey in Nalbari

Research and study on "Women-headed households in Assam: The Social and Psychological Impact of Insurgency on Women in Assam" was done by CDPS during April 2013-January 2014. The study tried to gauge the social and psychological impact that insurgency have had on the womenfolk of Assam, including those women who have been impacted directly by such violence.

The study covered four districts of Assam, namely, Kamrup, Tinsukia, Nalbari and Dima Hasao. All these districts have witnessed insurgent violence over the years and have been witness to numerous counter-insurgency operations by security personnel. The study was supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

Autonomy and Devolution: Is it Enough to Address Ethnic Aspirations in
India's Northeast? The Case of Assam

CDPS conducted research and study on the subject "Autonomy and Devolution: Is it Enough to Address Ethnic Aspirations in India's Northeast? The Case of Assam". The Study, commissioned by Indian Council of Social Science Research, began in May 2012 and was completed by the end of 2013.

The idea of granting autonomy and devolution of powers has not met with success in the Northeast. It has not yet served the purpose to uplift the people at the grassroots level. As such, it is debatable whether granting autonomy and devolution of powers can really address the ethnic aspirations of the people. The Study assessed whether there is a need for creation of more such Autonomous Councils in the Northeast or bring about devolution of powers through other arrangements.

Social Audit titled Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation of CSR Activities
for Numaligarh Refinery Limited (2012-2013)
Situation of children in civil strife affected areas - GAP study
  "Situation of children in civil strife affected areas - GAP study" covering six states (Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Assam) was done during October 2012 and January 2013 for UNICEF.

The study tried to consolidate the knowledge gathered through implementation of various UNICEF programs in civil strife affected areas. The study also provides an overview of the Indian government ’s policy and programmes relevant to civil strife and their gaps and recommendations to address those gaps. Besides, the study highlights opportunities and possible entry points for UNICEF advocacy and programming for children in civil strife affected areas in India.

UNICEF programmes have positively transformed the lives of thousands of children in India. However, helping children who are residing in the civil strife affected areas has always been a challenge. UNICEF India therefore needs a clearly defined strategy for work in places prone to civil strife. The present study has tried to address this issue. Through its findings, the study proposed a strategy for UNICEF to work for children in civil strife affected areas.

Social Audit of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.'s Corporate Social Responsibility
Programme (2009-2010)
Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas
Research and study on 'Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas' in five Northeastern and three Naxalite affected states (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand) was done by CDPS for the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Government of India. (2009-2011)
Study on the Status of Out of School Children who have joined mainstream
school after the bridge course programme under Sarva Shiksha Abhijan (SSA) Mission, Assam. (October 2008 - February 2009)
Social Audit of the Community Development Programme of Numaligarh
  Refinery Limited. (2006)
Study on Women Entrepreneurs in the North East. The study was commissioned
by Indian Institute for Entrepreneurship, Guwahati. (2005-2006)
A three part study on Impact of Self-Help Groups in Assam was done by the
Centre in 2005 and the reports were submitted to the State Institute of Rural Development, Assam.