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

Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Arundhati Roy, Aparna Sen, Vikram Seth, Romila Thapar, Amitav Ghosh, Shabhana Azmi, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Nandita Das, Mohammad Hanif, Anish Kapoor among other eminent persons from across South Asia have come together to write a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed demanding the immediate release of acclaimed photographer and cultural activist Shahidul Alam on … More Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion

An interview with Gazala Paul, Managing Trustee & Director, Samerth Charitable Trust, which works works to leverage government programmes to enable poor and marginalized communities to get their due rights and entitlements: What inspired you to set up Samerth? Why is the cause so close to your heart? I was always eager to work for communities … More Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion