End vendetta politics towards Harsh Mander and the Centre for Equity Studies

Civil Society statement for Harsh Mander/Centre for Equity Studies: Stop vendetta politics against civil society and persecution of citizens associated with civil society: One of the most disturbing trends in India in the recent years, along with the decline in Constitutional values and shrinking space for civil society, is the demonisation and persecution of activists … Continue reading End vendetta politics towards Harsh Mander and the Centre for Equity Studies

Annapurna Movement: An insight into the road less travelled by

By Shray Sibal* “Somewhere ages and ages hence:/ Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -- Robert Frost It is always interesting to come across someone who has taken the path less travelled by, in my case this interesting experience … Continue reading Annapurna Movement: An insight into the road less travelled by

Nagpur’s own Samaritan: Salman Ahmed’s NGO proved useful during lockdown

By Moin Qazi* Nagpur has been a traditional and fertile hub for voluntary organizations and social workers. It has been home to a number of activists whose social chromosomes have inspired them to undertake humanitarian work for their fellow brethren. The result is a confluence of so many rivulets of social activism which have merged … Continue reading Nagpur’s own Samaritan: Salman Ahmed’s NGO proved useful during lockdown

Financing for development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond

The following statement was delivered by IPMSDL Global Coordinator and CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid at the closing segment of the “Financing for Development in the Era of Covid-19 and beyond,” a meeting of civil society representatives and the United Nations. In it, she called on UN Member States to put at the core of conversations human rights … Continue reading Financing for development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond

Changing face of Bodla and Pandariya blocks in Chhattisgarh: Empowering the tribal community

By Gazala Paul, Pankaj Mishra* When 14 families from areas surrounding Chorbhatti village under Bodla block in Kawardha district of Chhattisgarh decided to settle down at Amlidih hamlet in 2002, their status was slightly better than non-citizens. Devoid of primary documents such as voter identity, ration and job cards, besides land-related papers, the Baiga families, … Continue reading Changing face of Bodla and Pandariya blocks in Chhattisgarh: Empowering the tribal community

Lesson from Hathras: With state consciously restricting space for voluntary sector, only visible road is voluntarism

By Martin Macwan* Hathras is the first case of Independent India where the State has deprived the parents of sexual abuse victim to respectfully cremate their child by forcefully burning the body knowing well that it is destroying crucial evidence. The right of respectful burial was awarded to dreaded terrorists and the convicts of the … Continue reading Lesson from Hathras: With state consciously restricting space for voluntary sector, only visible road is voluntarism

75th UNGA, 50th anniversary of aid pledge: It’s time to fulfil promise to the world’s poorest

By Margaret Yarcia* “To realise UN’s decade of delivery, wealthy countries need to meet the 50-year-old pledge to provide 0.7% of gross national income as official development assistance (ODA) to the world’s poorest,” states CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), a global civil society platform focused on effective development cooperation. “As the international community gathers … Continue reading 75th UNGA, 50th anniversary of aid pledge: It’s time to fulfil promise to the world’s poorest