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.

CWS

Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) is a not-for-profit organisation working since 1992 with the mission to promote a rights-based, gendered and eco-sustainable approach that will advance people centred governance, livelihoods and management of natural resources. Headquartered at Secunderabad it’s presence is spread across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. CWS is actively engaged in addressing issues related to rights, livelihoods and governance with an emphasis on the underprivledged and marginalised especially, women, dalits, adivasis and minorities. CWS is also a part of national and state networks of voluntary organisations in these six states.

Kiran

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.

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.

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.

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.

SAMVAD

SAMVAD is founded by a group of people who rely more on collective efforts. It is committed to promote sustainable community based resource management and is involved in participatory action and research for Self-Rule and Self-reliant society. ‘SAMVAD’ provides collective platform to the Identity, Art and Culture. It is an initiative for collectivity, gender equality, community rights on natural resources and establishment of a people’s democracy through collective action. SAMVAD was established in 2001. It believes that development is a sustainable process. It is operational in 16 districts of Jharkhand state.

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.

Srijan Foundation

Srijan Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1995 by a group of socially committed young professionals to work towards the welfare of the disadvantaged and the underprivileged and a positive response to build capacity of the community and the grass root organizations. It was formally registered in 2001. The organization seeks to accomplish this by extending need based capacity support to individuals, NGOs and Civil Societies promoting innovative approaches, models and building support at community levels through focused and integrated efforts. Srijan Foundation is directly engaged in Gender issues and Social Behavior Change Communication in 10 districts of Jharkhand. Over the last two decades, it has been working determinedly to bring about qualitative behavioural change and impact lives of more than a 100,000 people through its direct and indirect interventions. Its bottom- up approach of inclusive development has changed the lives of many and has led the path in sustainable progress.

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.

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.