India: Building trust in local governance institutions in Bihar’s villages

Sushumlata, the head of the gram panchayat of Dawan village, Bhojpur District, Bihar, conducts a meeting at the newly furbished panchayat office. In a remote village in Bihar’s Bhojpur district, Sushumlata sits behind a spanking new desk in a newly-refurbished government building. From the time she came to the village as a new bride, this young woman has chosen to get involved in communit...