Mentoring grassroots social warriors: Looking at a familiar landscape with fresh eyes

By Moin Qazi* One of the dispiriting features of the modern development model is that despite oceans of research and studies, there has not been a substantive transformative impact on marginalised communities. Much of the outcomes have been purely academic and we need more dedicated, courageous and purpose-driven champions who can creatively apply their core … Continue reading Mentoring grassroots social warriors: Looking at a familiar landscape with fresh eyes

Forced depoliticisation of civil society has compromised their ability to build democratic society

By Arun Kumar* Civil society is a space that belongs to the citizen. It exists between the state and the market. As a plural, amorphous, and evolving space, it resists the absolute and overwhelming power of both the state and the market. It can be a conscience keeper, playing several roles, including promoting transparency and … Continue reading Forced depoliticisation of civil society has compromised their ability to build democratic society

A call for concrete actions for enabling environment and reversing the trend of closing civic spaces

A note on the meeting of the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) platform CPDE for global partnership senior-level meeting, which begins on July 13 in New York: Representatives of the global platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) have gathered in New York for the Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation … Continue reading A call for concrete actions for enabling environment and reversing the trend of closing civic spaces

Volunteerism in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where people have suffered from extremism and radicalism

By Faisal Khan* I wanted to share some information, including pictures, about the work done by Khudai Khitmatgar volunteers in Afghanistan, but I was hesitant as I could not believe that this has been possible in such a short span of time. It’s about Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where youths in their mid-twenties are engaged in constructive … Continue reading Volunteerism in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where people have suffered from extremism and radicalism

NGOs allegedly targeted for working on politically sensitive issues like human rights, environment

The US State Department’s “India 2018 Human Rights Report” has regretted that while the law provides for freedom of assembly, “there were sometimes restrictions on the organization of international conferences”, with the authorities requiring NGOs to “secure approval from the central government before organizing international conferences.” Insisting that this was being done in order to … Continue reading NGOs allegedly targeted for working on politically sensitive issues like human rights, environment

Civil society should be in arms if state violates liberty of citizens, imposes unlawful restrictions

Well-known Gujarat-based social scientist Prof Ghanshyam Shah’s* new book, “Democracy, Civil Society and Governance” focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, addressing the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. An interview with Prof Shah by Daniya Rahman, a … Continue reading Civil society should be in arms if state violates liberty of citizens, imposes unlawful restrictions

Call for action against inequality and poverty ahead of World Trade Forum annual meet in Davos

To mark the World Economic Forum meet in Davos (January 22-24), civil society network, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), has launched a campaign, Mobilization against Inequality, with actions across 20 states, including Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, TN, Kerala, Manipur, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, and UP.  The actions include submission of letters to … Continue reading Call for action against inequality and poverty ahead of World Trade Forum annual meet in Davos