Tata Trusts and the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) have announced names of six NGOs who will be granted funds for research-based impact documentation on gender empowerment. The announcement is made under a livelihood creation project for India through social entrepreneurship and skill development, commended by SAI & Tata Trusts. The organizations who have received the grant are Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials from Jaipur, Ibtada from Alwar, Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group from Ahmedabad, Men Against Violence and Abuse from Mumbai, White Lotus Trust from New Delhi and Dhaatri Resource Centre from Hyderabad.
Commenting on the announcement, Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and FXB Director of Research, said, “We have chosen the NGOs for receiving the grant based on their significant contributions and factors such as high quality of work, and despite their relatively recent entry, their enthusiasm towards the achievement of their goals in their chosen project. Our focus on the research will be to enhance the impact of civil society organizations working towards gender equality and justice.”
30 organizations were invited to participate in a seminar organised by SAI in Mumbai January. They were chosen on the basis of nominations received from the project’s advisory board and additional knowledge partners drawn from experienced and respected actors in the sector. Prior to attending the workshop, the invitee organizations completed a questionnaire focused on the challenges they faced and their wish list for capacity strengthening resources.
During the six month period from May to October 2016, these six organizations will also receive mentorship from Harvard Faculty and subject experts.