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We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.

We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.

We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.

We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.

Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.

ANANDI - Area Networking and Development Initiatives, Ahmedabad

ANANDI is organizing poor Adivasi women in Panchmahal, Dahod, Bhavnagar and Morbi districts of Gujarat into women Sangathans. ANANDI helps the Sangathans to demand their rights, services and livelihood opportunities, and trains women leaders to participate in Panchayati Raj Institutions and other decision-making bodies.

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADF), Pan-India

ADF is working to ensure good governance (transparency and accountability) in the functioning of elected representatives and political parties, by recruiting trained data analysts/researchers to collate and disseminate the database at state centres of the National Election Watch. Active across India, especially in the 18 states where Assembly, Urban Local Body and Panchayat elections are due.  

Centre for Advocacy & Research (CFAR), Delhi

CFAR is changing the lives and living conditions of 22,000 urban poor and marginalised women and their households by training women committees to file Right to Information (RTI), conduct social audits and public hearings to hold the bureaucracy accountable. So they get better access to rations, Public Distribution System, water and electricity under the Mission Convergence Framework in Pune, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Ajmer.  

Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust (LSST), Ahmedabad and Surat

LSST is strengthening Village Health, Nutrition and Sanitation Committees and providing women from marginalised communities with access and awareness to health and nutrition entitlements through SEWA Shakti Kendra (SSKs) where groups of Aagewaanfacilitate dialogues with local health care functionaries.  

Nai Shuruwat, Barwani

Nai Shuruwat is running a fellowship programme and promoting accountability to deliver an improved governance system. At present, the project is being implemented in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district.  

National Foundation for India (NFI), Delhi

NFI is bolstering urban governance through community-based water and sanitation management in 12 low-income peri-urban communities. NFI experts help mohalla committees construct, own and maintain water, sanitation and waste disposal facilities, through funds from the municipality. In Chhattisgarh (Bilaspur, Korba), Jharkhand (Giridih, Kodarma/Bokaro), Odisha (Banki, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Chowder, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Nimapara, Paradip).  

Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR), MUMBAI

PUKAR is enabling tribal and marginalised communities to access e-governance services and raising awareness of their rights for improved social security in 17 villages of Palghar district, Maharashtra. The NGO is now extending their reach to 14 more villages where they are strengthening access to government schemes by training and equipping more youths or e-Sevaks with internet skills, and establishing special service kiosks.

Rural Women Upliftment Society, Churachandpur

RWUS is empowering women elected representatives in PRIs and Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), involving women in village development and ensuring their access to rights and services through women’s Sangathansparticipation in decision-making bodies and consultation with Government authorities.

School for Democracy (SFD), Bhim

SFD is selecting and supporting 50 Grassroots Governance Fellows across India to work with local elected representatives and mobilise communities to access their rights and entitlements through training in using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, social audits, digital platforms, resource centres as well as, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.  

SRUTI - Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative, Delhi

SRUTI is supporting six Fellows working with Panchayati Raj Institutions and sangathans to boost Gram Panchayat and Gram Sabhas. Its models seek to energise the community to realise their rights and entitlements. They work to strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions in selected districts of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand.

Video Volunteers, Bardez

Video Volunteers is training 25 community mobilisers in Bihar to produce videos highlighting local issues and to mobilise the community to seek their rights and entitlements.