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Examining Binaries: The Private Sector and the State in Development Processes

  • When
  • February 04, 2016
    12:15–1:30 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Programs
  • Open Society Fellowship Program

What Happens When the Private Sector Gets Involved in a Country’s Development?


Drawing on work conducted as part of their fellowship projects, Open Society Fellows Prashant Sharma and Chitrangada Choudhury unpack and interrogate the implications of private sector actors’ involvement in development processes traditionally perceived as the monopoly of the state. What tensions and complementarities exist in these interactions and how best can civil society actors respond?


  • Chitrangada Choudhury is an award-winning journalist and researcher who has worked in the newsrooms of the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, and the Guardian U.S., and has written for publications including the Columbia Journalism Review, Caravan, Outlook, and Mint.
  • Prashant Sharma has carried out extensive research on the Right to Information Act in India and beyond. He has authored and edited many publications on transparency and government, including two books entitled Transparent Governance in South Asia (coeditor) and, most recently, Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act.

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