The State of Governance – #PublicPolicy

A #WebPolicyTalk series by the #IMPRI

COVID- 19 and the emergent natural disasters which have been repercussions of human activity have forced us to rethink the efficacy, reach and practice of public policy globally. There is a staggering rise in environment-induced migration, poverty, malnutrition, and hunger. The world seems to be failing in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, more progress has been lost due to the Pandemic. The impact of such failure of public policy impacts different people, communities, nations, and States differently.

Keeping these issues central to this series #IMPRI brings to you The State of Governance – #PublicPolicy. The #WebPolicyTalk series aims to bring together the various stakeholders and think of an alternate understanding of public policy to improve last-mile connectivity, efficacy, and inclusivity – a model of public policy which does not crumble under severe stress.

The #WebPolicyTalks are conducted via Zoom webinars and streamed live on Facebook. The event video is available on the IMPRI YouTube Channel, thereafter. A recording of the session is also available on the #WebPolicyTalk: Live at IMPRI podcast, on Spotify and Google Podcasts. An event report is published based on the deliberations and wider dissemination takes place through media coverage.

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The audience is composed mostly of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, faculty, and University and college students across India and other countries. 

The outcome of the deliberations is disseminated through various social media platforms and media outlets and is aimed at contributing to the future courses of action for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society organizations.

Below is the list of #PublicPolicy events, along with links to the relevant details:

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Chair and Moderator

Prof Amita Singh
President, NAPSIPAG Centre for Disaster Research

Amita Singh is currently President of NAPSIPAG Centre for Disaster Research. She has been a Professor of Administrative Reforms and Emergency Governance at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at JNU till recently. She has also been a Founder Chairperson of the Special Centre for Disaster Research and Member Secretary of Institutional Ethics Review Board at JNU. The Asia-Pacific governance Network called NAPSIPAG is being led by her for many years as its Secretary General. Currently she is member of the International Network for Disaster Studies.

Her research on administrative reforms has kept her close to the Department of Administrative Reforms (DARPG) and many key departments on the subject across the world, to name a few; Global Innovators Network, at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, IT for Women Initiative at Maryland University, Baltimore and the University of Southern Australia, Adelaide. She has twice (2006-07 & 2016) been awarded the Australia-India Council and Australian Government-Monash Fellowship .Recently in 2017-18 she was also a visiting professor at the American University at Washington DC and then at Harvard.

She has authored and edited many books and several national and international research papers. She is the ‘Series Editor’ of the prestigious Palgrave-Macmillan ‘Global South Series on Disaster Management’ with five books in a row. Currently she is the lead editor for a global handbook on disaster studies by Springer -Nature.

She is recipient of many national and international awards including the 2014 Bangladesh’s National Award ‘Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award’ in Dhaka. Her other awards in the past are the Delhi’s ‘Public Service Award’, NALSA’s ‘Social Justice Award’ , ‘Millennium Award for Women in Public Services’ and ‘e-Governance Award’ 2010. Prof. Singh is an ardent campaigner for the habitat rights of nonhuman species and leads the Gurgaon based organization called “Walk for Animals and Habitat”. Her work can be reached at