The knowledge activist hub on natural resources seeks to expand people’s rights over natural resources by protecting and expanding the commons. The Natural Resources (NR) Hub recognizes that forests, water bodies, pastureland and other natural materials are vital to the life and livelihood of millions of people living in poverty. Based on research in the field the NR Hub seeks to promote people’s access and control over natural resources both at the State and National level. Thus NR Hub has in recent years published Our Forest, Our Rights: Implementation Status of Forest Rights Act – 2006 (2013), Pasture: Crisis of Commons (2014), Community Concerns on Climate Change (2015), Blues Beyond Boundaries: Transboundary Water Commons India Report (2015) and Stolen Sand (2016). NR Hub also does capacity building of and networking with organisations working to secure rights of particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG). NR Hub is also actively engaged in taking up larger policy advocacy work to recognize the need to involve community in protection of nature drawing on ecologically friendly traditional practices embedded in people’s culture and their linkages with their habitat.
Land and livelihood Knowledge and Activist Hub facilitates work around the issues of land, agriculture, labour, farm and non farm livelihoods. The focus is on building knowledge, policy analysis and advocacy, campaign, grounding good practices, building human resource with perspective and technical expertise on these issues. In relation to land we pursue policy debate and grounded work on land reforms for securing land rights of the poor, land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, homestead land and land use patterns. Logical extension of land rights work is productive use of the land. We encourage and document the initiatives on ecological farming with focus on women. We also work in coastal areas on the traditional rights of fishing communities over their coast and sea. Further we promote labour collectives around the issues of right to work, living wages, working conditions, and social security issues. We are committed to a sustainable and secured rural livelihoods with social justice focus.
Centre for Peace Studies works to uphold the citizenship rights of the excluded communities specially minorities. It is opposed to communalism and upholds secularism, pluralism, communal harmony and human rights for all as espoused by the Constitution of India. It is specially focused on gender justice for Muslim women as guaranteed by the Constitution and enshrined in the Quran. Nationally and in different states it works for building solidarity amongst civil society groups towards upholding secularism and religious harmony. It conducts research studies, campaigns, training workshops, fact-findings, legal advocacy through its fellows and in collaboration with different civil society groups. It runs Kaarwan centres for socio-economic and educational empowerment of women and girls in seven cities.
Democratisation of society, economy and polity is one among the six specific priorities laid down in ActionAid India’s Country Strategy Paper. Several long term and short term projects of the organisation have components of strengthening democratic values in women and youth through organising them into groups, encouraging them to participate in democratic fora and training them in leadership development. Important components of wider projects working on tribal, women, dalit and other excluded groups’ issues. But a specific need for mapping and working on issues of democratisation was felt due to the changing socio-economic situation of the country which is affecting social, political and economic aspects of our lives.
CiRiC is a policy-advocacy hub set up by ActionAid India, focusing on urban issues from the viewpoint of the common citizens whose voices and interests should take priority in policies governing the city. Our main constituency comprises the poor and marginalised communities. We also work with researchers, academicians, lawyers, journalists, trade unions and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) on issues of common interest, in order to realise our goals. We aim to address information and knowledge, gaps and also the lack of systems for citizens to engage in policy and planning. CiRiC aims to create ‘knowledge’ and ‘activist’ forums on critical issues of urbanisation and urban development by bringing together civil society groups, activists, academics, social movements and research institutions.
Child Rights Focus (CRF) is a knowledge initiative of ActionAid India, committed to the rights of children. CRF tries to reach out to the issues affecting the most marginalized children and protect their rights in alliance with the Regional Offices of ActionAid India as well as with other civil society organizations, networks and social movements. The major areas of Child rights focused by CRF are Education, Nutrition and Protection. CRF has played a key role in furthering the discourse on some key issues affecting the rights of children in India by engaging in a series of initiatives, ranging from commissioning and conducting research, holding policy workshops, organising consultations with various actors from civil society, academia, researchers, Government bodies and ministries.