Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide pre-school education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today, Pratham reach out to millions of children living in both rural and urban areas through a range of interventions. All its programs are designed to ensure that enrollment in schools increases;Learning in schools and communities increases; The education net reaches children who are unable to attend school; Models are replicated and scaled up to serve large numbers of children to achieve a large scale impact. ...

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Lokniti - Programme for Comparative Democracy was established in 1997 as a research programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. The CSDS is an autonomous social science research institution. Since the inception of the CSDS in 1963, the writings of scholars like Rajni Kothari, D.L. Sheth and Ashis Nandy have become a point of reference for various attempts from the South to question the global establishment view of democracy. The CSDS has argued in favour of a more humane holistic view of democracy that goes beyond democratic institutions ad processes in their arrow sense and emphasises the survival of dissent and cultural contents of the civil society as central concerns of democracy. The CSDS can be said to have pioneered large-scale empirical studies of the social and cultural basis of politics in South Asia. It also participated in empirical studies of politics in Africa,

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UNDP IndiaUNDP India

UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. It call this people-centred approach “human development”. UNDP is committed to help India achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the national objectives articulated in consecutive Five-Year Plans. It aims to improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged in India. ...

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CSDS - Centre for the Study of Developing SocietiesCSDS - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, also called the CSDS or informally, just the Centre, is a premier institute of India in the social sciences and humanities. The Centre provides a unique institutional space which seeks to nurture intellectual interests outside the entrenched boundaries of academic disciplines. This simultaneously gives the Centre a sense of intimacy with and distance from universities. Therefore, the Centre has deliberately chosen not to duplicate the structure of university department. This also allows the Centre to support and nurture interdisciplinary modes of enquiry. Over the years, the Centre has also managed to generate and utilize a productive tension between rigorous scholarly work and social movements, between academic commitment and political practices. It has been frequently engaged with contentious contemporary issues which have shaped its academic programme and contributed to struggles for dignity, livelihood and creative self expression. At the same time the CSDS...

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Right to Food CampaignRight to Food Campaign

The Right to Food Campaign is an informal network of organisations and individuals committed to the realisation of the right to food in India. It considers that everyone has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and undernutrition. Realising this right requires not only equitable and sustainable food systems, but also entitlements relating to livelihood security such as the right to work, land reform and social security. The Right to Food Campaign considers that the primary responsibility for guaranteeing these entitlements rests with the state. Lack of financial resources cannot be accepted as an excuse for abdicating this responsibility. In the present context, where people's basic needs are not a political priority, state intervention itself depends on effective popular organisation. The campaign is committed to fostering this process through all democratic means. ...

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