Impact of virus on women, girls requires special attention, civil society intervention needed

Responding to differential and special needs of women and girls in emergency and long-term support to combat COVID-19 pandemic:  Letter from civil society organizations to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, with copies to senior state officials: We are writing to you on behalf of a network of civil society organizations, researchers, informal sector workers, collectives … Continue reading Impact of virus on women, girls requires special attention, civil society intervention needed

Govt of India should work shoulder-to-shoulder with NGOs who are providing relief

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) note on UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressing distress over plight of India’s internal migrants, welcomes measures to limit impact:  UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said she was distressed by the plight of millions of internal migrants affected by the sudden … Continue reading Govt of India should work shoulder-to-shoulder with NGOs who are providing relief

COVID-19: CSJ suggestions to help poor people based on its assessment of ground reality

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) letter to the Gujarat chief secretary on concerns and suggestions in the wake of corona virus outbreak: CSJ is working in the districts of dang, Bharuch, Narmada, Amreli, and Bhavnagar. Based on our assessment as of  26th march 2020, the following needs your urgent attention: 1. Concern: Safe transit … Continue reading COVID-19: CSJ suggestions to help poor people based on its assessment of ground reality

A silent crusader in rural India: Prema Gopalan’s self-education through empowerment

By Moin Qazi* Over 26 years ago, on September 30, 1993, Latur district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra was jolted by an earthquake that left a trail of mass destruction. It was India’s most devastating earthquake of the 20th century that left nearly 10,000 dead. It ravaged and obliterated vast swathes of villages and … Continue reading A silent crusader in rural India: Prema Gopalan’s self-education through empowerment

As a nonprofit working in India, here are 10 things you should know about current legal framework

By Tanaya Jagtiani* The legal framework governing civil society in India is rapidly evolving, and there is a labyrinth of regulations affecting the governance, funding, and taxation of nonprofits in India. The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s India Philanthropy Law Report 2019 unpacks these laws, highlighting recent legal developments and analysing their implications for the functioning of Indian … Continue reading As a nonprofit working in India, here are 10 things you should know about current legal framework

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