The application and consequences of e-governance for India's fight against urban poverty

DFG-Project Ursula Rao, 2012-2014

This project studies the deployment of biometric registration and social data bases for the delivery of welfare in India. It examines how social processes, local cultures and survival strategies shape these initiatives. What can be learned from the implementation phase of these path-finding social security schemes in third world conditions?

SFB 586 - Differenz + Integration

SFB 586 - Differenz + Integration (DFG Projekt, Universitäten Leipzig und Halle-Wittenberg, 2001-2012)

Actively taking part in the Collaborative Research Center 586 “Difference and Integration”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), are the University of Leipzig and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg; as well as the following research institutes: the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology in Halle, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Studies (IfL) also in Leipzig, as well as the Orient Institute Beirut.

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The Panauka Documentation Project

funded by Endangered Languages Documentation Project (ELDP) at SOAS, University of London, from February 2011 to January 2013

The aim of the Paunaka Documentation Project (PDP) is to document and describe the language of the last speakers and semi-speakers of Paunaka, a South-Arawakan language spoken in the Chiquitanía in eastern Bolivia. In addition, we examine how people identify as Paunaka in a setting, where the unifying identity is Chiquitano.

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The Baure Documentation Project

The Baure Documentation Project (DoBeS - Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen - Documentation of endangered languages, Volkswagen Stiftung, 2007-2013)

The project The documentation of the Baure language of Bolivian Amazonia is financed by the funding program DoBeS (Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen - Documentation of endangered languages) of the Volkswagen foundation. The aim is a complex documentation of the seriously endangered South Arawakan language with the name Baure, spoken in the Bolivian department Beni, which belongs to the Amazonian fringe of Bolivia, close to the border with Brazil.

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