Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)


Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) aims to do research and policy analysis, train people and be a hub network among various stakeholders. The mission of the institute is to disseminate ideas and insights to promote sustainable development and inclusive development, to operate at the grassroots, national and international level and to promote implementation of ideas and policies on development at the field level.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Dr. Jyoti Parikh
Secondary Contact

Address 17,Teen Murti Marg
New Delhi,
Phone 91-11-23013282
Fax 91-11-23013282
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Country: India Target population: Rural / Urban Scale of initiatives: National / Community Networking and training for Asian and African countries

Fuels/Technologies: Alcohol Fuels
Liquid Petroleum Gas
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Countries of Operation: Uganda

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

IRADe has conducted pilot demonstration of renewable energy technologies in villages. It has also done a study on the drudgery of use of biofuels on village women folk and has tried to bring to fore their willingness to shift to clean fuels.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

IRADe has successfully introduced renewable energy technology to villages and strongly supports and encourages the commercialization of renewable energy technologies.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

None noted

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

IRADe has completed a study on the impact of fuel scarcity and indoor air pollution on rural poor in which the current situation of rural poor and the potential health impacts of use of bio-fuels on their health especially women has been highlighted.

Relevant Publications or Studies

Cooking with Biofuels: Health Impact on Rural Women, Jyoti Parikh, Haimanti Biswas, Shyam Karmarkar, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XXXVIII No. 26, June 28, 2003 Household energy, women's hardship and health impacts in rural Rajasthan, India: need for sustainable energy solutions, Vijay Laxmi, Jyoti Parikh, Shyam Karmakar and Pramod Dabrase, Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol. VII, No. 1, March 2003. Rural Energy and Agriculture Interactions: A Case Study of Karnataka, Painuly J.P., Parikh Jyoti and Rao Hemlata, Energy, The International Journal, 20(3), 1995. IGIDR-RP No.153, 1995 Exposure from cooking with biofuels: pollution monitoring and analysis for rural Tamil Nadu, J Parikh, K Balakrishnan,V Laxmi and H Biswas, Energy-The International Journal, V26(10) 2001, Pages 949-62.

Our Contribution to the Partnership

Research projects on the socio-economic aspects of indoor and urban pollution (we have completed several exercises in various states of India and Mumbai city and have also established linkages between Millennium Development Goals and air pollution); Organize training courses and capacity building events; Advocacy type of activities with senior policy members, NGOs, corporate sector and academics.