Partners India

Appropriate Technology India
ATI’s intervention named ’Economic Empowerment of Women through Livelihood Augmentation and Promoting Gender Rights’ improves the economic condition of the women, making them aware of their rights and ensuring benefits of government schemes. The IM collaboration project aims to make women and youth economically empowered through increased skills and knowledge, strengthened community level civil society organisations to advocate for their rights and claim their right to economic inclusion. The project is focused on training rights holders in income generating activities such as honey and dairy farming, thereby involving the people in the whole value chain for sustainable backward and forward linkages.

Voluntary Action Network India
VANI is a platform, which promotes voluntarism and creates space for voluntary action. As a network, it attempts to bring about a convergence of common sectoral issues and concerns for building a truly National agenda of voluntary action in the country. It also facilitates linkages of various efforts and initiatives of the voluntary sector in the country for a multiplier effect, to create and sustain the process of change in an organic manner.

National Alliance of Women
An offshoot of Beijing Conference ( 1995 ) National Alliance of Women (NAWO) is a network of women whose affiliation/membership is open to all progressive women’s groups and institutions, women workers, individual women who share the principle, objectives and value of NAWO. NAWO envisions a gender just, democratic and humane society where women and men can in partnership fulfil their responsibilities to build a peaceful and sustainable future. NAWO represents as one of the single largest national alliance that has centre staged critical issues of women, especially women from marginalized communities and in particular, the Dalits, Adivasis and religious minorities. It believes that women rights are human rights and thus has been nurturing and capacitating women human rights defenders. Another area where NAWO is working since its inception is for equal participation of women in governance system.

Mount Valley Development Association
IM works with partner Mount Valley Development Association, MVDA in the northern-most Indian state of Uttarakhand where there is a need to integrate women into innovative farming practices for sustainable livelihood. The intervention economically and socially empowers marginalised women in the hilly areas by addressing social and income inequalities that restricts them from exercising their rights and improving their living conditions.

By raising awareness about gender equality, helping women access government entitlements and initiating market linkages, our intervention reduces incidences of gender discrimination at the ground level. The MVDA intervention also systematises environmental sustainable and climate resilient farming practices and raises awareness about climate adaptation and mitigation strategies among targeted communities.

The Himalaya Trust
Dedicated to improving the living conditions of the mountain people of Uttarakhand, The Himalaya Trust, THT intervention with IM empowers women and youth by introducing skilled-based economic activities, addressing issues of gender biases and promoting climate change adaptation.

The intervention organises rights holders into action groups to raise their voice against social, economic and gender based discriminations.

There have been visible results with emergence of women and youth leadership within civic bodies, economic activities and hence, overall village development goals. Keeping in mind the environmental issues of the region, the intervention rejuvenates Forest Councils thus enabling it to revive its work of conservation and management of natural resources in the area.

Mountain Children’s Foundation
To empower children through knowledge, training and the power of collective action is the mission of Mountain Children’s Foundation, MCF. With IM’s support, the intervention reaches out to the most marginalised children of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Strengthening school management committees, children groups and local government at the ground level are some of the activities to ensure every child exercises the Right to Education.

The project also leverages proper use of state resources for improving the learning environment in the poorly resourced government schools; also keeping in check the special needs of the excluded children. MCF is also instrumental in bringing like-minded civil society organisations under one juncture to advocate models of quality education at the state level.

Sarba Shanti Ayog
Based out of Kolkata, Sarba Shanti Ayog works intensively to demonstrate and instil the Fair Trade standards of equity, transparency, capacity building, empowerment, social security and environmental sustainability at all levels of its supply chain. And within its IM partnership model, SSA works with the small, disadvantaged and marginalized producer and grassroots organizations across India by enabling their capacity-building.

The producer groups are given extensive training on knowledge inputs and resources in areas of design, technical know-how, networking support and facilitate market access. Women and youth are the targeted rights holders of the project. It promotes and strengthens civil society and advocates for the small producers, craft sector and Fair Trade principles as a whole through networking and collaboration with like-minded organisations.

Kiran in collaboration with IM works on the inclusion of the socially excluded Children with Different Ability (CwDA). The project intends to empower and strengthen civil society organizations like school management committees, parent groups and community based organisations and advocating inclusive education facilities through Kiran’s learning and dissemination of good practices in collaboration with state governments. The project strives to influence government to adopt essential changes in curriculum, training of teachers and budget allocation toward making schools inclusive for children with special needs.

Social and Resource Development Fun
IM’s support to Social and Resource Development, SARD Fund to build the capacities of department of Home, Finance and Education of northern state Himachal Pradesh based Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) – the primary entity looking after the welfare of Tibetan communities in exile. It intends to strengthen organizational structure of CTA, build capacities of the team and devise policies to ensure an internal enabling environment for the administration. IM is supporting Tibetan communities in exile since last 43 years.

Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped
In their projects MESH focuses on strengthening the production skills of producers’ groups formed by people with disability and those affected by leprosy. The intervention includes skill up-gradation, product diversification, value addition, awareness of rights etc. of producers enabling economic self-sufficiency of rights holders. The project also emphasizes training in Fair Trade principles of the rights holders to uphold right and dignity of the producers.  The project promotes sustainability of producers groups by strengthening their democratic values, good governance and strong internal systems.