Fellows by Category

Organization: IIMPS

In response to the absence of support for the impoverished elderly in India, Gautam Bharadwaj has designed a new system that helps low-income workers financially plan for old age throughout their working lives. Gautam has created the policy and institutional architecture needed to make financial security in old age a reality for the poor. 

Ashru Kumar Mandal, for 19 years a village school teacher in West Bengal, India, has developed a number of ways villagers can build Bio-Gas plants that hold up over fire and then maintain and operate them successfully.

By setting up rural labor associations to monitor the transparent and effective implementation of the new National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Seema Prakash and Prakash Michael are creating a grassroots democratic process that improves food security and rural labor relations in India.

Organization: LEARN

This profile is dedicated to the memory of Nitin More, founder of LEARN Mahila Kamgar Sangathana. It is his passion, integrity, and vision that have changed how thousands of women think not what they cannot do, but of what they can, and the contribution they will each make to society. We celebrate his life with respect and admiration.
Through a unique women worker s union Nitin More is...

Organization: Butterflies

Rita Panicker helps India's street and working children to lobby for their rights and launch their own self-help organizations. She has also organized India's first trade union of child workers-the Bal Mazdoor Union.

By setting up rural labor associations to monitor the transparent and effective implementation of the new National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Seema Prakash and Prakash Michael are creating a grassroots democratic process that improves food security and rural labor relations in India.

Organization: NIDAN

Secure access to markets can bring many of the world’s informal workers out of poverty. Arbind Singh gives urban poor access to markets through large people-owned and managed institutions—large enough to influence policy and be legitimate competitors in a globalizing market. By initiating worker cooperatives like the National Alliance of Street Vendors, Arbind has created a bridge for the...

Organization: Democracy Connect

Nidhi Prabha Tewari is transforming the political process in India from a patronage system to one that emphasizes policy issues and meritocratic advancement. By focusing on youth wings of national political parties, Nidhi trains the next generation of political leaders in a new type of politics, and puts pressure on current members of parliament to reform as well. In changing the manner of...

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