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

Oasis Misaal: A unique competition to identify and nurture future leaders

By Vinit Jain* Swami Vivekananda once proclaimed to change India if given a hundred Nachiketas. Today when India is plagued by deep-rooted issues such as poverty, corruption, unemployment, and pollution; we need Nachiketas now more than ever. Especially when the country's more than 50% of the population is aged below 25 and more than 65% … Continue reading Oasis Misaal: A unique competition to identify and nurture future leaders

New FCRA Bill throttles spirit of cooperation, sought to be ushered in amidst lockdown

Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) statement requesting to refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament: Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) being an apex body/national association of Indian voluntary development organizations strongly feels that the FCRA bill, 2020 will be a death blow to the development relief, scientific research and community support … Continue reading New FCRA Bill throttles spirit of cooperation, sought to be ushered in amidst lockdown

How rights-based experience to fight disasters facilitated CSJ’s Covid-19 response

Established in 1993, IDEAL - Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a socio-legal organisation fighting for the rights of the marginalised and the vulnerable, principally in the sphere of access to justice has been working directly through its law centres in 4 state, Gujarat Chhattisgarh Jharkhand Madhya Pradesh Directly, and through partner organisations in 8 states. … Continue reading How rights-based experience to fight disasters facilitated CSJ’s Covid-19 response

Aided by Janvikas, other NGOs, IIM-A faculty, students help distressed migrants, low income families

An Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad note on Community Service in Response to Covid-19 by India’s top business school, ranked over time of the best in the world*: On the announcement of the nationwide lockdown by the Government of India, a group of Faculty, Students, Researchers and Staff at IIM Ahmedabad formed a team of over … Continue reading Aided by Janvikas, other NGOs, IIM-A faculty, students help distressed migrants, low income families