Fellows by Category

Organization: MARG (Multiple Action Research Group)

Rajiv Khandelwal’s Aajeevika Bureau (Livelihood Bureau) is among the first attempts in north India to provide support services to the millions of unskilled laborers and migrants who seasonally move across the country in search of work. The bureau seeks to protect the livelihoods and dignity of these migrants and reinforce their valid identity as legitimate contributors to the nation’s economy...

Kaustubh Pandharipand is creating trade networks and a legal framework that will enable India’s nomadic communities to overcome their severely marginalized status and assume their rightful place as respected citizens valued as much for their economic contribution as for their distinctive cultural identity.

Organization: Santulan

Bastu Rege is working with the informal labor force in the stone quarries of Maharashtra, a population estimated to be 3.5 to 5 million “identity-less” migrants who have been denied fundamental rights for decades. Bastu has set up a system of schools for the children of these workers called “Pashan Shala” i.e. quarry schools designed to serve this hard-to-reach group. The education model has...

Rana Sengupta works with cooperatives of stone quarry workers to create innovative systems that give them ownership of mining activities. This not only helps to protect their rights and their environment, but to also gain access to safety, welfare, and social security provisions. In doing so Rana is addressing the three pillars of sustainable development: Environmental protection, social...

In recent years, India’s government has built many dam projects, blocking rivers to create massive reservoirs, in the hope that this will solve the country’s water and electricity problems. The people who live in areas flooded by the swelling reservoirs, however, are all but ignored. Policies for helping refugees differ markedly across state borders, making it easy to fall through the cracks....

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