Budget Analysis and Research Centre (BARC) http://www.barcjaipur.org/
The vision of the Centre is to build greater confidence among the activist-NGOs and others in sorting out what all the big numbers in the Budget mean so that they can play a role of “watch dog”
and share their views with other fellow NGOs, activists and the press in order to raise the voice in favor of more effective spending of public money. It is also hoped that with stronger lobbying supported by budget analysis data, the decision-makers will be convinced for changing the existing policies, wherever needed, for the betterment of the Poor in Rajasthan.
Centre for Health and Social Justice http://www.chsj.org/
CHSJ is a health policy resource centre working with the mission “to promote human development, gender equality, human rights and social justice with specific reference to the field health, in its widest interpretation.” CHSJ was established in 2006 with the objective of influencing the discourse
and practice of public health by: 1) Building evidence on the impact of existing policies and programs on the core health concerns of the marginalized, especially women; 2) Identifying emerging issues and priorities for delivering accessible, quality health care services for women and other marginalized people, 3) Strengthening advocacy for changes in health related policy and practice; and 4) Developing leadership and operational capacities for improved design, delivery and monitoring of quality, accessible health care services.
MV Foundation http://www.mvfindia.in
The foundation‟s approach is based on a firm conviction that no child works and that all children in the 5-14 years age group must be in school. In other words it recognizes the inextricable link between the program for universalization of education and abolition of all forms of child labor. It follows an „area-based approach‟ as against a target based approach. It seeks to address the rights of
the entire universe of children- both in school and out of school- in the 5-14 years age group in its area of operation.
Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) http://www.cehat.org/go/
CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes) is the research centre of Anusandhan Trust. We are involved in research, training, service and advocacy on health and allied themes. Socially relevant and rigorous academic health research and health action at CEHAT is for the well being of the disadvantaged masses, for strengthening people‟s health movements and for realizing right to health and health care. CEHAT acts as an interface between progressive people‟s movements and academia.
CYSD is a non-government, non-profit organization established in 1982. CYSD works for the development of deprived and marginalized people in the remotest areas of Orissa, one of the most backward states in India. CYSD‟s approach focuses on primary education, sustainable livelihood and participatory governance. However, it also addresses issues such as disaster management, health and sanitation, child rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and drug addiction rehabilitation, and focuses primary on women in all areas.
Initiatives for Development through Participation of Marginalized Sections (IDPMS) http://www.idpms-india.com/
In 1988, Indo-Dutch Project Management Society was registered in Bangalore, India, and was promoted by the Govt. of The Netherlands and the Govt. of Karnataka. IDPMS started working on “Rural Small Micro-enterprises Development Programme” (RSMEDP) in 1993, for implementing
only Dutch-funded rural development projects in Karnataka.. This program came to an end in December, 1999. RSMEDP was aimed at fostering development of self-reliance and skills for micro-enterprise development. In working through this program, NGOs at the local level were fully involved. The target groups were expected to access finance through normal financial channels, without any subsidy element. It was thus a novel experiment. In 1999, the Society was renamed “IDPMS” (instead of the erstwhile Indo-Dutch Project Management Society) with a revised
constitution, and received funds from all sources including Dutch sources. Today, there is a system of statutory audit and internal audit of financial transactions by independent and separate chartered accountants.
HAQ Centre for Child Rights works towards the recognition, promotion and protection of rights of all children. It aims to look at the child in an integrated manner within the framework of the Constitution of India, and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which India ratified in 1992, and contribute to the building of an environment where every child‟s rights are recognized and promoted without discrimination. HAQ believes that child rights and children‟s concerns have to be
mainstreamed into all developmental planning and action, and must also become a core developmental indicator.
Social Watch — Tamil Nadu http://swtn.org
Based on the 8 years (1995-2003) experience of the Tamilnadu Peoples' Forum for Social development, "Social Watch-Tamilnadu" was launched in 2004. Social Watch–Tamilnadu undertakes
on-going documentation of socio-economic reality, mainly of its target groups, publishes occasional Reports, packaging the documented data, and uses budget critiques and budget advocacy as powerful tools to monitor public policy and to lobby for concrete public policy changes. Dalit Budgeting is an area where the researches done by Social Watch – Tamilnadu have been
enthusiastically received and used by civil society as well as committed sections of policy makers.
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) http://www.svym.net
In 1984, a group of young medical students led by Dr.R.Balasubramaniam at the Mysore Medical College in Karnataka State, India, were starting to feel that the career in medicine they dreamt of pursuing was very different from the practice of medicine around them. Today, SVYM's principle area of operation is the Heggadadevanakote Taluk in Mysore District of Karnataka, India. Here it has various institution-based and community based Health and Education projects and also undertakes several Community Development Initiatives, catering to a populace of about 300,000 comprising both tribals and non-tribals. The reach of these activities also extend to the neighbouring Taluks, namely Hunsur, Nanjangud and Gundlupet. The emblem of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement symbolizes the organization in letter and spirit, reflecting its basic tenet of „Serving God
in Man', as propounded by Swami Vivekananda.
Samarthan - Centre for Development Support is a leading non-profit organization, working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh in India since 1995. Samarthan promotes participatory development and participatory governance through direct field action, capacity building, research and advocacy. We have traversed the decade old journey consistently pursuing promoting and strengthening civil society efforts and participatory development processes favoring the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged sections of society. Samarthan was established in 1994 as an organization to support the development of civil society groups in the state of Madhya Pradesh and to help them integrate into mainstream development activities.
UNNATI - Organization for Development Education is a voluntary non-profit organization registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860) in 1990. It is our aim to promote social inclusion and democratic governance so that the vulnerable sections of society are empowered to effectively and decisively participate in mainstream development and decision making processes. Unnati has completed 15 years of providing educational support in Gujarat and 7 years in Rajasthan. Over the last 15 years Unnati has made three strategic shifts. Initially during 1990-92, capacity building support was extended to select VDOs for institutional development. The key thematic areas of support were participatory planning, evaluation and organizational management.
The team of two in 1996 has now grown to be 9 full time staff and 7 project staff. Besides Sakhi has a number of volunteers, supporters and friends who regularly interact and support us in the work. Our journey of last 10 years has been one of joy, pride, anxieties and sometimes even hopelessness. But we have survived because of all the support and also more so, because of the faith reposed in us by the many women, youth and pro-feminist men whom we have encountered during this journey. The Sakhi team presently consists of Dr Seema Bhaskaran, Jayasree.S, Mini Rajkumar, Rejitha G, Remadevi.L and Saraswati besides Mercy and Aleyamma.
National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) http://www.ncasindia.org
National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) is a social change resource centre working with social action groups, public interest professionals and citizens from all over India & the Global South. NCAS began its work in 1992. It was set up with the aim of empowering people working towards changing the social fabric of our country for a just and humane society. It is a membership based organization registered under the Society Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. The centre has been promoted by more than fifty credible grassroots organizations and social action groups from different regions of India.
The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) http://www.cbgaindia.org/
The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), New Delhi, India, is an attempt to promote transparent, accountable and participative governance. CBGA has been proactively engaged in tracking public policies and economic issues from the perspective of the poor and the marginalized. At CBGA, we believe that apart from analyzing the implications of policy priorities,
tracking the implementation of the Governments‟ proposals, important policy initiatives and developments in the economy are crucial to the process of seeking a change in favor of the poor and the marginalized.
Public Affairs Centre (PAC) http://www.pacindia.org
Public Affairs Centre (PAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of improving the quality of governance in India. PAC‟s focus in this regard is primarily on areas in which the public can play a proactive role in improving governance. PAC undertakes and supports research on public policy and services, disseminates research findings, facilitates citizen action support for collective action and provides advisory services to state and non-state agencies.
Pratham started in the slums of Mumbai in 1994, as a result of the vision of a couple of committed individuals. The two, after much deliberation, decided to tackle the problem of education headlong. They could see only one way of correcting this problem and that was to involve the people of Mumbai to help the government in its quest of universalizing primary education. UNICEF parented the birth of Pratham and continued fostering it for the next three years. Today, the parental role of Pratham has been taken over by the ICICI Bank, a leading private sector bank of India. Pratham activities have spread to 21 states; assistance has come from the local governments, leading corporate houses and the local citizens. Many local trusts and governing bodies have been formed to oversee the smooth operations of Pratham activities; committed individuals from every walk of life have chipped in with their bit.
National Centre for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) http://www.nipfp.org.in
The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) is a centre for applied research in public finance and public policy. Established in 1976 as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, the main aim of NIPFP is to contribute to policy-making in spheres relating to public economics. The NIPFP maintains close functional links with the central and state governments, and actively collaborates with the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Ford Foundation and the Canadian International Development Agency in pursuing its research and training agenda. It serves as the nodal agency for the State Finance Commissions.
Centre for Policy Research (CPR) http://www.cprindia.org/
CPR is an independent and non-partisan research institute and think tank. Its main objectives are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions to address pressing intellectual and policy issues. It is one of the 27 national social science research institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), and Government of India. It is set apart by its multi-disciplinary approach and unique blend of scholarship and practical expertise. CPR‟s faculty has considerable impact on policy and public debates.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) http://www.mkssindia.org
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) is a grassroots organization that was formed in 1990, working in rural Rajasthan. Its objective was to use modes of struggle and constructive action for changing the lives of its primary constituents -- the rural poor. In the period leading up to its formation it had taken up issues of re-distribution of land and minimum wages. The MKSS is a part of the “non-party political process” in India. It accepts no institutional funds, Indian or foreign. The MKSS depends on mass-based support, though there are only 15 full time workers, mostly from the area. The full-time staff workers earn an honorarium of Rs.73 ($1.50) per day, which is based on the statutory minimum wage paid to unskilled laborers in Rajasthan.
Parliamentary Research Services Legislative Research (PRS) http://prsindia.org
PRS Legislative Research is an independent research initiative that aims to strengthen the legislative debate by making it better informed, more transparent and participatory. PRS is the first initiative of its kind in India, and seeks to build strong professional relationships with political parties and Members of Parliament across party lines. PRS is also making significant efforts to reach out to the citizen sector, the corporate sector and the Press. PRS reaches out to a wide range of experts and stakeholders depending on the Bill being analyzed. The work of PRS is collaborative and seeks to complement existing expertise in government, research institutions, business and citizen sector.
Open Society Forum (OSF) http://www.openforum.mn/index.php
Open Society Forum is a new initiative of the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society. The goals of the Open Society Forum are to provide both physical and virtual space for high-quality policy research and analysis, broad public access to information resources about policies, law and regulations, and a venue for public engagement in the policy formulation and implementation monitoring process. An important outcome of the Open Society Forum will be to influence the Government and donor policies in areas that reinforce and support open society values. The Board of the Foundation has selected three broad themes to guide the work of Open Society Forum over the next three years: Governance, Economic and Social Policies.
In 1996, the Ateneo de Manila University formed the School of Government (ASG) to provide an institutional vehicle for the development of public servants and as a forum for dialogue and partnership among the government, the private, the non-government organization and people‟s
organization sectors. As a professional school for public service, the ASG creates an environment that fosters the development of new ideas, concepts and methods. Focusing on results, it facilitates a learning process where theory and practice are joined, and where wisdom of the classroom interacts with the world of policy decision and action. The School draws from the intellectual resources of the various academic units of the University as well as from its many years of social apostolate and interaction with the country‟s decision-makers and basic sectors of society.
MobileActive.org is a community of people and organizations using mobile phones for social impact. We are committed to increasing the effectiveness of NGOs around the world that recognizes that the 3.5 billion mobile phones provide unprecedented opportunities for organizing, communications, and service and information delivery. The MobileActive.org community includes grassroots activists,
NGO staff, intermediary organizations, content and service providers, and organizations that fund mobile technology projects.
In 2004, when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote to prospective shareholders about their vision for the company, they outlined a commitment to contribute significant resources, including 1% of Google's equity and profits in some form, as well as employee time, to address some of the world's most urgent problems. That commitment became Google.org. It operates in a traditional manner by supporting Google‟s partners‟ work with targeted grants. Google.org‟s
structure also allows lobbying for policies that support its philanthropic goals. Additionally, Google‟s
purpose is to tap into innovative technology as it has already begun to donate and invest Google.org‟s funds, expecting to continue to do so in the future.
Hewlett Foundation http://www.hewlett.org/Default.htm
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, and population. In addition, the Foundation has programs that make grants to advance the field of philanthropy, and to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
International Budget Partnership (IBP) http://www.internationalbudget.org
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) was formed within the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to collaborate with civil society organizations in developing countries to analyze, monitor, and influence government budget processes, institutions, and outcomes. The aim of the Partnership is to make budget systems more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make these systems more transparent and accountable to the public.
Sanket Centre for Budget Studies (SCBS), Bhopal is an initiative of Sanket Development Group (SDG) – a society actively involved in action research in Madhya Pradesh on issues related to Human Development for over a decade. SCBS, Bhopal began its operations in April 2006 with financial support from the Ford Foundation and is a part of the broader network of organizations that are working towards demystifying state and union budgets to enable other civil society organizations and actors in development sector integrate budget analysis to their corresponding areas of activities to affect greater efficiencies and effectiveness in their operations. Currently, SCBS is engaged in analyzing the state budgets with a citizen‟s perspective and is actively engaged in analyzing the budgets of various social sectors like Health, Education, Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation. Besides, SCBS is involved in carrying out research on cross cutting themes like decentralization, gender budgeting and budgeting for weaker sections of the society like children (through its initiative on child budgeting), Dalits and Tribal communities. SCBS is also involved in studying the budgets at the sub state level with its focus on decentralization through local bodies –
both rural and urban. SCBS engages in the above activities through a multidisciplinary team of professionals based in Bhopal and New Delhi.
The Youth for Social Development (YSD) is a not-for-profit independent social research and
development organization established by a group of professionals devoted to improve the lives of the tribal, rural and urban poor in Orissa. YSD undertakes research, public education, capacity building, documentation, dissemination, people centered advocacy and participatory development action. Sustainable livelihood promotion, influencing public policy & finance, improving democratic governance for the betterment of the people and the state are the thrust areas of the organization. Evaluating of Public Policies concerning the poor and marginalized trying to modify development policies and paradigms to reach near their rights and aspirations and to accelerate the process of social change at the grass root level are the main objective of the center. Most of the government‟s policies and programmes influence poor and vulnerable group in different manner it is high time to analyze them and introduce innovative dimensions of budgeting, policy formulation and performance mapping of the government machinery. The center is involved in building credible civil society coalition to monitor the process of governance and make it (SMART) simple, morale, accountable, responsive and transparent through research, advocacy, lobbying, capacity building, awareness generation and public education.
Samarthan: Samarthan is a state level advocacy organisation working in Maharashtra, India since 1997. Along with advocacy on various issues concerning deprived sections in the state with legislature, executives & media, Samarthan also analyses state budget for social sectors. Samarthan's analysis is considered to be reliable and is highly referred by legislators across the political parties during the discussions in legislature. Samarthan aims at making budget more transparent and government more accountable towards legislature.