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Presently, Hanns Seidel Foundation in India works with the following partners:

Organisation: Centre for Environment Education (CEE) was established in August 1984 as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. CEE, a national institution with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, has a mandate to promote environmental awareness nationwide.

CEE is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development and inherits the rich multi- disciplinary resource base and varied experience of Nehru Foundation for Development.

CEE is committed to ensuring that due recognition is given to the role of EE in the promotion of sustainable development. CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education and communication for sustainable development. It undertakes demonstration projects in education, communication and development that endorse attitudes, strategies and technologies that are environmentally sustainable.

Principles: CEE’s mission is to be an institution of excellence that, in partnership with others, plays a significant role in local, national and global efforts towards sustainable development through innovations, and being at the cutting edge of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

Thrust Areas of Work

CEE focuses at enhancing the understanding of sustainable development in formal, non-formal and informal education through its work with schools, higher educational institutions, policy makers and reaching out to youth and the general community. Moreover, the aim is also to integrate education as a key driver for change in demonstrating and advancing sustainable practices in rural and urban communities, and in business and the public sector, and in meeting challenges of global issues such as climate change and biodiversity conservation. CEE also promotes individual and collective positive Handprint actions that are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially beneficial.

The major thrust areas of CEE include:

  • Environment Education for Children and Youth
  • Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Business and Climate Change
  • Sustainable Rural Development
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Water Management
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Training Networking and Capacity Building
  • Facilitating NGOs and Community Initiatives

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: CEE’s Urban Programmes group that functions from the organization’s office in Pune, in collaboration with HSF has been working on the project, entitled “Green Federalism Project to enhance Urban Environmental Governance through Participatory Budgeting in Pune” since November 2013. The primary focus is to make the city’s development process environment-friendly and sustainable by enhancing the participatory nature of the local urban governance. CEE has been focused on advocacy for the role of citizen’ participation and on evolving techniques for high quality public deliberation. Activities include mobilising/educating citizens, activists, academicians, experts and political leaders about the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in Pune Municipal Cooperation (PMC). The aim is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracy at the local level.

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Organisation: Centre for Social Research is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in New Delhi. Established in 1983 in New Delhi, India, the Centre for Social Research (CSR) is dedicated to creating a violence-free, gender-just society through social research, capacity building and advocacy. CSR works to empower women and girls of India, guarantee their fundamental rights and increase understanding of social issues from a gender perspective. We operate on local, national and regional levels in an effort to enhance the capacities of individuals, communities and institutions for creating a humane, equitable and gender-just society.

For nearly three decades, Centre for Social Research has been a leader in the Indian women’s movement due to its unique, tri-fold position as an experienced facilitator of grassroots programmes and trainings; an esteemed research institute; and a lobbyist, advocate and advisor to government institutions.

Principles: Working towards gender justice in India means tackling a multitude of complex social, cultural and economic issues at the same time. Some of our key issue areas include but are not limited to: violence against women, pre-natal sex selection, engendered governance, women and economy and gender sensitisation for and mainstreaming within all sectors of society.

Centre for Social Research firmly believes that all people should bear equal rights, privileges and opportunities. We believe that women can be catalysts for and agents of social change, and that change itself is a gradual process. And we recognise that restructuring gender relations requires participation from all actors: women and men, young and old, grassroots to national levels, private and public institutions alike.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of CSR’s activities with HSF and its partner SIDART is to develop and implement a pilot training programme to educate rural communities in Rajasthan about the impact of climate change and best practices pertaining to water conservation. The programme will emphasize the impact of these issues have on women and their role in improving water management at the community level. The programme will be designed for replication in areas of similar environmental conditions.

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Seminar on "Women Rights Issues"

Seminar on "Women Rights Issues"

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SIDART is a voluntary organisation, which was formed in 1998 with a goal to improve the economic and social position of marginalised groups in urban slums and in the villages of the federal state of Rajasthan. Their special focus is on women and children.

Organisation: SIDART has its headquarters in Jaipur, the capital of the Indian federal state of Rajasthan. From Jaipur, it co-ordinates and controls all its activities in the rural areas. Sixteen co-workers, who have worked with different NGOs & other government organisations, constitute the staff of SIDART. An advisor is responsible for the execution of various seminars, co-ordination with Government in Jaipur, SIDART and HSF. SIDART is a decentralized organisation based on the principle of participatory style of leadership.

Principles: SIDART follows the guiding principle of “we aim to reach the unreachable” and is based on the principles of self-help. The idea behind is to bring forward all the possibilities, on how women can improve their life with their own power independently and permanently. The organisation within its framework, wants to make local knowledge and resources usable. It strives around the local financial and material support before falling back to the external help. The initiated projects are community based with an objective that they should sustain themselves and the community should take future ownership.

With relative simple means, SIDART succeeded to cover a broad spectrum of different fields of activities, even before starting co-operation with HSF. The activities in earlier years were installation of water pumps, promoting skills, setting up of informal training programmes for women and children to make them aware of HIV/AIDS, health campaigns for mine workers, environment protection and application oriented research. SIDART promotes women through specific awareness programmes on women rights and providing training for their personal, professional, financial and economic empowerment. In addition, SIDART supports small organisations led by women, builds self help groups and organises credits for women.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with SIDART is spreading awareness, improvement of civic education / qualification of the selected target groups.

In co-operation with HSF, SIDART organises numerous workshops to acquaint and clarify women about their rights, supporting them to be mature & responsible citizens and moreover, motivating them to take the leading position in the society. The centre of activities are Panchayats where one third of the seats are reserved for women. It is here the cradle of Civic Education and democratic approaches of SIDART & HSF training can be seen.

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Organisation: Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) promotes ‘participation as empowerment’, by building capacities of citizens, communities and institutions, to enable vibrant, gender-equal societies. Its work is focused on empowerment of the excluded through capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy. Since its inception, PRIA has been working on issues of active citizenship and democratic governance, in varied contexts and geographies; these initiatives have also included young people. PRIA’s experiences have clearly outlined the significant role which people’s knowledge and voices play, including those of youth, in bringing social change.

Principles: PRIA’s work is focused on empowerment of the excluded through capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy. Over three decades PRIA has promoted ‘participation as empowerment’, capacity building of community organisations, and people’s participation in governance.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: PRIA has recently started a project in collaboration with HSF in the Indian state of Karnataka. The project is Youth-n-Democracy Fellowship Program – Youth for Governance (Y4G): Learning Active Citizenship. The project is for the youth to promote their understanding on the values of federalism, principles and structures of decentralized governance in India.

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Chetna Mahila Vikas Kendra (CMVK) is a non-governmental organisation based in Pune that has started its work in 1995 and extended it in Sindhudurg district in 1997. The medium of Self Help Group was used a as tool to bring women together to resolve the family and social issues. Presently CMVK has one federation of 200 Self Help Groups in Sindhudurg which provides the loan for the members along with the need based trainings on entrepreneurship, health, good governance, communal harmony etc. The issue of family violence and the violence against women has always remained a core issue to break the silence on the gender based discrimination. CMVK has formed community support groups to intervene in the incidences of the cases of physical abuse by the family members and imparts Legal literacy and training to create the awareness on the constitution of India and other related laws for the community at large. It also provides assistance to the victims of violence in the police station court and government officers.

Projects in cooperation with HSS:
Chetna Mahila Vikas Kendra (CMVK) is a partner NGO of HSS since August 2016. It has implemented a pilot project in association with Women and Child Development Department in Pune in 2016. In January 2017 CMVK launched the project for Pune district i.e. Pune urban and rural. Besides that the NGO has initiated the process to strengthen the Members of Responsible Conflict Resolution Structures in Pune Division of Maharashtra and 13 blocks of Rural Pune district. In the current project CMVK has changed its focus to build the capacity of the government officers who are closely providing the services to the survivors of domestic violence in urban setups of Pune and the block level rural structures of Women and Child Development Department.

Organisation: Federation of Indo-German Societies in India (FIGS) was established in the year 1971 with the principal objectives:

  • To strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and the Federal Republic of Germany
  • To promote and develop relations between India and the Federal Republic of Germany in literary, cultural, social, commercial and industrial fields, and explore and develop new areas of mutual cooperation, understanding and goodwill
  • To help in the organisation of Indo – German Societies in different parts of the country. FIGS enjoys the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its counterpart, in Germany, is the Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: In 2007, FIGS and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) instituted a scholarship programme for German speaking research scholars to spend six months to a year at a German university to facilitate and advance their M.Phil. or Ph.D. studies. The programme has started with researchers from the Centre of German Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi.

FIGS is also organising and conducting the “Wilhelm von Pochhammer Memorial Lectures” in India with HSF since 2009, held in the memory of late German diplomat, Wilhelm von Pochhammer.

Wilhelm von Pochhammer (1892-1982) was a German diplomat who not only served in India, but also became one of the most knowledgeable and ardent friends of India. He wrote extensively on India and devoted the years after his retirement to a political history of India entitled, “Indiens Weg zu Nation” (India’s Road to Nationhood). Wilhelm von Pochhammer died on 13th November 1982. At a meeting held in his memory on 18th August 1983 it was decided to honour his memory by instituting an annual “Wilhelm von Pochhammer Memorial Lecture”. So far 27 lectures have been delivered, of which 7 are organized in collaboration with HSF. These have been on a wide range of subjects and have been delivered by an equal number of distinguished scholars from India and Germany.

Global Concerns India is a registered organization based in Bangalore working on human rights of marginalized people of our society, with special reference to women and children. Besides that, GCI organizes field interventions of cases of violence against women, children and youth. The organization is involved in creating awareness on laws and systems, it assists the victims-survivors to understand the mechanisms that are available for redressal.  Simultaneously, GCI is engaged in education and training workshops for police, judiciary, prosecutors and officers of the various government line departments, including members of the Panchayats.

Projects in cooperation with HSS:
GCI is carrying forward training workshops that involve police, judiciary and advocates to enhance soft skills in understanding, responding to and respecting human rights of all people, especially women, children and trans-gender. The primary aspects of the training programs are to scale-up the utilization of the experiences of NGOs in the field of victim protection and work towards convergence action between Police, Prosecution, Judiciary and civil society (NGOs), for enhancing delivery of services stipulated within the justice system.

Former partners of Hanns Seidel Foundation in India:

Organisation: Sakhi was initiated in 1996, with the intention of facilitating, supporting and networking grassroots women’s groups in Kerala with information dissemination, capacity building and leadership development of women, gender based violence prevention and interventions, policy advocacy and campaigning on women’s issues. In the last 17 years of its functioning, the organization has been able to achieve this and more. Sakhi is registered as charitable trust with six trustees, all of whom are women. One trustee is from the staff and a team of project staff conducts the programmes. The major activities are:

  • Information collection and dissemination through a resource centre with over 9,000 books, and numerous documents, paper clippings, collection of documentary films.
  • Capacity building programmes on Gender, Development and related areas to a wide range of people from all walks of life (Compiled and published the training manual for this in three volumes).
  • Life skill education of adolescents through local governments (Published Manual and three booklets for this purpose).
  • Working with local governments since 1997 to ensure Gender planning, budgeting and auditing (Published several books and manuals).
  • Violence prevention and intervention programmes and campaigns.
  • Advocacy and campaigns/ Action research programmes.

Principles: Sakhi follows the principles of equality, equity and justice. Hence it believes in inclusiveness, complementarity and follows a non-hierarchical leadership style.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: Sakhi has recently started a project in collaboration with HSF. The project is on “Deepening Democracy through Strengthening Decentralized Governance in Kerala with Focus on Gender Justice”. This would be achieved step by step: through initially surveying some Panchayats where good practices of sustainable development models have been already made; working for the first phase in selective Panchayats in one district, facilitating the capacity building of the elected members thereof, and forming resource teams of former elected woman members, thus building on existing capacities and sustaining them in social and political sectors.

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Workshop on "Panchayati Raj System" in Punjab

Workshop on "Panchayati Raj System" in Punjab

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Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), an autonomous research institute, was registered in 1978. It is among the 27 research institutes in the country supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, and enjoys the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the north-western states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. CRRID was accorded the "national status" in 1984 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, in recognition of its contribution to the cause of social science research in the broader national perspective.

Organisation: CRRID is situated in the prime institutional locality of the beautiful city Chandigarh and has its own Campus in 1.75 acres of land. The Centre has a well-equipped library housing more than 25,000 titles and 123 national as well as international periodicals on Social Sciences and related disciplines.

CRRID staff, inclusive of those in the Population Research Centre (PRC), consists of employees in five main sections, namely: Research Faculty, Library and Information Services, Data Processing Services, Publications and General Administration. Besides the core staff, there is also project specific staff, which is employed in the time bound research and intervention projects carried out by the Centre. The diverse background of research faculty at CRRID reflects the multidisciplinary orientation of research and action programmes at the Centre and is national in character.

Principles: CRRID's primary focus has been on carrying out socially relevant research on rural and industrial development in the wider social, economic and political context. In view of the contemporary emerging scenario at the regional, national and global levels, its thrust areas are as follows:

  • Panchayati Raj Institutions and Rural Development
  • Urban Governance and Development
  • Population, Health and Family Welfare
  • Communalism and Conflict Resolution
  • Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Industrial Development and Economic Growth
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Migration National and International, Role of Diaspora
  • Cooperation Development, Peace and Security in South and Central Asia

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: In order to launch a nation-wide federal comparison of local self-government, the CRRID is collaborating with the HSF in executing a project “Bench marking for strengthening the Rural Local Self Government Institutions” by preparing a document on national and regional level on certain key indicators. The outcomes of the project would be disseminated through various foras at state, regional, national and international level.

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Seminar on "Conflict in Sri Lanka: Road Ahead"

Seminar on "Conflict in Sri Lanka: Road Ahead"

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CSA started its work in 2002 in Chennai as an independent not for profit think tank organisation for research and education in the field of Security. Within a short span of few years, CSA became a well renowned think tank and a platform of nation and international experts to exchange views.

Organisation: With its headquarters in Chennai, CSA operates nationwide and across the borders. It is one of the regional networks of Strategic Studies centre set up by the National Defence University, Washington DC. The committee is headed by the elected members.

Principles: CSA operates free of any political ideologies to create an independent awareness of security issues and involve the political process by providing analysis and studies. The main objectives are to contribute towards conflict resolution and peace keeping, activities in civil society to improve governance & security and support complex, multi-dimensional modern security discussion themes. In its approach and work CSA strongly addresses the national (Indian) security interests.

The main activities of CSA consists of organising dialogue programmes with international participation in India and in other countries, publications on security issues dealing with peace and conflict research, civil society and leadership (governance), transnational dimensions of terrorism, security issues & relations in south Asia. CSA publishes books, articles, bulletins and has its own internet blog on current security issues called “Security Watch”. A special regional focus is on ASEAN & SAARC and its security.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with CSA is to support the national and international dialogue programmes in civil security and welfare sectors.

Together with HSF, since 2004, CSA organises seminar addressing the above stated issues with International participation. Special lectures are conducted by CSA in the universities and other institutions addressing the young audience with an objective to make them aware and informed.

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Seminar on "Nuclear Non-proliferation & Disarmament"

Seminar on "Nuclear Non-proliferation & Disarmament"

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DPG was formed in 1994. Over the years, it has become a renowned and effective think tank organisation in Delhi, which predominantly is active in political security issues.

Organisation: The office of the DPG is located in Delhi at India Habitat Centre where many other renowned organisations are situated working in the field of Politics, Economics, Energy & Culture. The permanent staff of DPG consists of two directors, two research assistants and a secretary. For specific issues, DPG forms working groups from a pool of more than 200 intellectuals in the Indian capital and more than 100 persons outside Delhi.

Principles: DPG acts as an independent organisation without any inclination towards any political party or ideology. Their goal is to find unbiased answers for critical questions in the national interest. Their academic work on security and conflict questions is coined/shaped by practical considerations and pragmatic strategies.

The major activities consist of organising seminars and programmes with international participation in India and other countries including publications on security issues, which range from peace to research on conflicts. The titles of their past activities/seminars are:

  • Afghanistan Today
  • Strategic Situation in West Asia Today
  • Pakistan in Flux
  • India's Evolving National Security Strategy
  • Nuclear Non Proliferation & Disarmament

Fields of Activity/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with DPG is to support the national and international dialogue programmes in civil security and welfare sectors.

DPG & HSF seminars focus on the relations with the neighbouring countries of Pakistan & Afghanistan. Since 2004, seminars with HSF are accomplished with international participations.

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FLO–HSF Information Stand at FLO Bazar: Shipra Chaterjee, FLO; Dr. Kiran Walia, Health Minister, Delhi Government; Mona Gupta, Director, Sutradhara

FLO–HSF Information Stand at FLO Bazar: Shipra Chaterjee, FLO; Dr. Kiran Walia, Health Minister, Delhi Government; Mona Gupta, Director, Sutradhara

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FLO was established in 1983, as a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry (FICCI). FLO has a pan India presence and works to promote entrepreneurship and enhance vocation qualification in women.

Organisation: The head office of FLO is in New Delhi, with chapters in seven Indian cities of Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Guwahati and Kolkata. All together it has over 1800 members comprising of entrepreneurs, professionals, corporate executives and heads of various NGOs. The geographical spread of FLO’s activities goes beyond the boundaries of India. FLO promotes global entrepreneurship and networking among women by hosting and sending delegations to the SAARC countries enabled by SAARC-SCWEC (SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council).

Principles: Working with a motto “power to empower” FLO acts as a catalyst for socio-economic progress of women. With their training programmes the organisation addresses all sections of society. FLO believes that the members of the trade & industry should take responsibility to improve the lives and the future prospects of the citizens.

FLO works nation-wide on all social levels undertaking different programmes with respective target groups. At the grass root level, people in villages are offered training in art and craft to acquaint them of the prospects for self employment in these fields. At the middle level, FLO supports women and men who have business ideas and wish to develop skills in product identification, project planning, fund raising etc. through entrepreneurial development programmes for setting up their own business. At the senior level, FLO offers advanced training programmes to women who are already in a business or profession in the field of management techniques, international marketing, human resource development, financial accountancy, etc. As an additional activity, FLO in New Delhi provides individual consultancy to interested women entrepreneurs.

Fields of Activity/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with FLO is the improvement in managerial capacity & vocational qualification of selected target groups.

Together with HSF, FLO offers a wide range of extensive programmes especially on Managerial & Entrepreneurial Development and seminars not only in India but also throughout SARRC with focus on management training, marketing etc.

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Civic Education programme

Civic Education programme

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Shree Shakti Consciousness Foundation (SHAKTI) was founded in June 2005 and is working in JJ Clusters (slums) of the National Capital Region with an aim to strengthen professional, civic and social skills of the people in order to facilitate them an independent, self determined life. Moreover, the aim of Shakti is also to improve the quality of work of the Indian NGO sector through the certification of NGOs.

The two main objectives of SHAKTI, as mentioned above, are supporting the weaker sections of society through civic education and strengthening of the NGO sector (capacity building).

The former is achieved through various programmes by improving specific skills. The main focus is on Civic Education in Digital Age. According to SHAKTI, dealing and operating a computer is necessary in this “Digital Age” and important step towards “Right to Information”, which in 2005 was made digitally accessible for every citizen under “Right to Information Act”. Only with the help of a computer it is possible to go to the website and exercise the right to information directly and quickly. Through computers, the target groups, especially the slum dwellers and the residents have been introduced to the digital world and have strengthened their civic skills.

Strengthening and improving the Indian NGO Sector is another milestone which SHAKTI wants to achieve. They want to build the capacity of the NGOs by training them in project planning (using logframe), monitoring & evaluation, effective administration and transparent accounting. The objective is to achieve greater transparency not only for NGOs but also for funding bodies.

Activities/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with SHAKTI is to improve civic education for selected target groups.

Cutting & Tailoring Programme for the Women from Rural Areas

Cutting & Tailoring Programme for the Women from Rural Areas

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YWCA is active in more than 120 countries world-wide and brings more than 25 million women together. In India, YWCA dates back to 1875 when the first local association was established in Mumbai. YWCA of Delhi working at a local level was affiliated to the national YWCA movement in 1912. Now it has a national network of over 81 local associations. In Delhi, the association has its own Institute of Management & Professional Training, a hostel for employed women and a guest house for visitors. YWCA in Delhi has more than 160 employees.

Principles: The YWCA Delhi works at the local level according to the principles of ecumenism. Independent of the nationality, caste & creed, social & economic status the women and girls are supported so that they can take part in all the processes of society as full and equal members. YWCA strives to adapt to the changing needs of the society in a constantly changing world.

YWCA Delhi promotes vocational training among women especially enhancing the skills of already employed women. Moreover, YWCA in the Delhi region undertakes extensive urban and rural development projects in the field of health awareness, vocational training, family counselling, human rights, environment protection and security. YWCA strives to take measures for further skill enhancement of its employees.

Fields of Activity/Co-operation with HSF: The aim of the HSF activities together with YWCA is the improvement in managerial capacity and vocational qualification of selected target groups.

After a small phase of stagnation, the association utilized its co-operation with HSF to further train the instructors from their management institute in the field of planning & logframe, motivation & steps toward higher efficiency. Parallel, programmes were also initiated and conducted for internal YWCA & NGO employees on different subjects of management like financing & book keeping.

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