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Prabha Chandran

Writer and communications advisor

Prabha Chandran has been an editor with some of India’s leading newspapers and has written extensively on current affairs and lifestyle issues through the 90s pioneering several lifestyle publications both online and offline.
Since 2002, Prabha has been working internationally mostly with the World Bank on a series of specialised communications projects.

She implemented the national information campaign for the first population census of the newly-independent nation of East Timor for UNFPA and the huge reconstruction program by the World Bank in Indonesia following the tsunami of 2004. She has worked closely with senior government officials, donors and international media in many Asian countries, managing strategic communications for large World Bank projects and senior management
She has also lived and worked on development communications in Hanoi, Belgrade, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Nairob. She has a lot of experience working in post disaster, post conflict areas and mentoring national communications staff.

Prabha divides her time between her homes in Oslo and New Delhi where she plans to work more directly on women’s issues particularly in support of the girl child. She is married to Olav Ofstad, a conflict management specialist from Norway and has two sons. She writes, cooks for friends and loves travelling in her spare time.
EXCLUSIVE: We Are Doing What We Can To Release Indians In ISIS Captivity, Says Palestine's Ambassador To

EXCLUSIVE: We Are Doing What We Can To Release Indians In ISIS Captivity, Says Palestine's Ambassador To India

In the wake of the brutal Paris attacks, Palestine's influence with ISIS could be pivotal, not least in mediating the release of Indian captives held by the terrorist organisation in Iraq. In a no-holds-barred interview, Palestine's Ambassador to India, HE <strong>Adnan Abualhaija</strong>, hits out at the global media for ignoring crimes against Palestinians by an Israeli government controlled by ultra-right wing groups, Israel's avowed reluctance for a two-state solution, the "Judaizing" of Jerusalem and India's growing ties with Israel seen against Palestine's influence in the Arab world.
17/11/2015 11:59 AM IST
What Are You Doing To Make Bharat

What Are You Doing To Make Bharat Swachh?

When I walk down millionaire's row in the seaside town of Drobak outside Oslo where I live in summer, I see the owners of stately mansions and exclusive boats scrubbing their decks, cleaning cars, shovelling leaves from the driveway, conveying trash in top- of-the-line electric Teslas to the neighbourhood dump. They would be astonished to learn this was dirty work meant for underlings or lower caste people. How can ensuring cleanliness be dirty?
12/10/2015 8:10 AM IST
Which South Asia Do You Live

Which South Asia Do You Live In?

Which South Asia do you live in? The one which offers world-class metros and malls, super-speciality hospitals, gourmet eateries and designer homes where servants make your meals, drive your car or clean your mess? Or do you live in the South Asia where sanitation, water and electricity are a luxury, where filth, ignorance and violence means death comes early and more frequently from illness, poverty and natural disasters? Statistically, the latter is more likely.
08/09/2015 8:14 AM IST
Exclusive Interview With Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Norway's New Ambassador To

Exclusive Interview With Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Norway's New Ambassador To India

Norway's new ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, 61, found time on his first day in office, 1 September 2015, to discuss plans to further strengthen "commercial, political and scientific ties" with India. Be it in polar research in climate change, women's empowerment in gram panchayats, Norway's "Make in India" program, and living in India's exciting but polluted capital he was candid and optimistic.
03/09/2015 12:55 PM IST
Regarding Women As A Sexual Crime About To Happen: India's Tradition Of

Regarding Women As A Sexual Crime About To Happen: India's Tradition Of Exploitation

March 8 will mark one of the saddest Women's Days in India. A day which comes on the heels of shocking revelations of deep-seated and widespread misogyny in our society. I used to be proud of our 5000-year-old civilisation but anyone who has seen the banned BBC documentary, <em>India's Daughter</em>, will be disturbed to learn how essentially regressive and latently hostile our society remains towards women.
08/03/2015 8:17 AM IST
We Made a Difference... But it Wasn't

We Made a Difference... But it Wasn't Enough

So many of us independent Indian women find ourselves unexpectedly dissatisfied in our 50s and 60s when we should have been basking in years of accomplishment. Among my college friends and colleagues from across the world, the malaise is striking -- its' all about searching for answers to life's Big Questions.
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