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We are delighted to host the inaugural Dvara Research Blog Competition 2019 for students currently pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in India. The competition is on the theme of “Suitable Finance for Agricultural Households and is aimed towards encouraging students to conduct analyses on the Agricultural sector in India, and how suitable finance can serve as a lever for lower-income agrarian households to improve their social as well as financial capital.

Through this competition, we hope to encourage and invite thinking on ways of applying suitable finance to the issues faced by agricultural households. Students are encouraged to submit their original analysis/insights as part of this competition which would be reviewed by an eminent jury and the top three entries will be featured on our blog and will also be monetarily rewarded. The resources section at the bottom has links that may help you get a rounded view of the theme, and we will keep updating this page with additional information during the course of this competition. In case of any queries or if you seek further clarity, please feel free to reach out to us at blog.research@dvara.com.

Theme: Suitable Finance for Agricultural Households

The ill-effects of unsuitable finance tend to be felt more by workers in the unorganised sector, amongst which are those engaged in agriculture. Agricultural workers are unique among other unorganised workers in their livelihoods are dependant on circumstances that are highly unpredictable. This, as well as the cropping cycle usually means that they do not have a regular source of income. As a result, regular finance, with its calculations made based on monthly averages, falls short of being able to address the issues faced by agricultural households.

At Dvara Research, the Household Finance Research Initiative aims to rigorously understand the financial choices and decisions of low-income or excluded individuals and households, and their relation to achieving households’ objectives. We realise that one cannot look at the financial well-being of households without ensuring that they are protected from being prescribed unsuitable methods by which to achieve it. We believe that financial service providers must ensure that the customers’ interests are adequately and effectively protected as a matter of business process.

Important Details
  • Deadline for accepting submissions – October 20, 2019
  • Winners to be announced by – November 8, 2019
  • Please send your entries to blog.research@dvara.com
Jury
Grading Criteria

All entries will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Uniqueness of idea
  2. Thoroughness of argument
  3. Flow of narrative
  4. Accuracy of grammar and vocabulary

Points will be awarded out of 10 for each of these criteria, with a further 10 points reserved for discretionary comments made by the jury.

Rules
  • Eligibility – Students currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, students enrolled in Post Graduate Diploma programs.
  • Word limit – The word limit is 1000 words (excluding references, including footnotes), with recommended length being between 800 and 1000 words. Pieces that are longer will not be considered.
  • Referencing format – APA
  • Font & Font Size – Calibri & Font size – 11
  • File format – MS-Word file formats (.doc, .docx)
  • All entries are to be submitted at an individual level. We also allow submissions from two-member teams, but prizes will be awarded for the entry as a whole. We encourage multiple submissions from colleges.
  • All entries should be original works of analysis. Dvara Research will not accept pieces that have been previously published. By participating in the Dvara Research Blog Competition, you agree that the pieces submitted can be used by Dvara Research Foundation for the purposes of printed publications, web assets, and other collaterals.
  • Please send your entries to blog.research@dvara.com. In the submission, please mention your full name(s), college/academic institution and course that you are currently pursuing.
Prizes
  • First Prize – Rs 35000
  • Second Prize – Rs 25000
  • Third Prize -Rs 15000