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Forestry, the Mexican Way

More than 70 per cent of the forests in Mexico are controlled by 35,000 indigenous and rural communities. They are running successful forest enterprises while checking deforestation that was once rampant in the country.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Lost Lives and Livelihoods of Tea Tribes

It is estimated that the tribal communities forcibly settled from central India constitute between 15 to 20 per cent of the population of Assam today but are not notified as Scheduled Tribes in Assam; therefore they are deprived of the benefits of reservations.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Pursuing Sensible Development:

The report of the Kelkar Committee on balanced development in Maharashtra has important recommendations.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Dharavi Slum Transforms into Art Gallery

Organised by SNEHA, an NGO, the Biennale has four themes of art, health, recycling and vitality. It invites Dharavi residents to meet, educate themselves and create locally resonant artwork.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
Crowdfunding a Rally

The philosophy that underpinned the recent Save MGNREGA rally in Delhi was that rights based legislation that empowers people is also best saved by the people.

( Source: http://civilsocietyonline.com/pages/Details.aspx?672, Posted: Feb 18, 2015)
Universal Banking Access

The vision of Reserve Bank of India is that every Indian adult will have a full service, safe, electronic bank account by January 2016. Access to these accounts will be available to every resident within a 15-minute walking distance.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 18, 2015)
A Man-made Refuge for Migratory Birds

The Pong Dam wetlands, one of the largest man-made wetlands in Himachal, have been emerging as the preferred wintering ground for migratory birds from central asia.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 18, 2015)
Indigenous Civil Engineers

Traditional earth diggers and masons, who mined the Bhatti area for decades, dig in their heels as the Delhi administration tries to throw them out.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 17, 2015)
SEZ Today, Gone Tomorrow

Close to 5500 hectares of land in six states, acquired for 52 SEZs, were subsequently de-notified and diverted for commercial purposes.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 11, 2015)
Poachers Turned Protectors of Chilka Fight for Survival

Locals who protect the migratory birds that come to Chilka lake in Odisha struggle to make a living as the lake has shrunk, reducing fishing revenues.

( Source: The Alternative, Posted: Feb 11, 2015)
Eco Friendly Cobblers

Inspired by a man making sandals out of used tyres, Jay Rege and Jothsna turned eco-conscious social entrepreneurs sharing their profit with their cobblers.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Feb 11, 2015)
Film to Promote Reconciliation in SriLanka

Healing The Wounds is a film that hopes to explore relationships between different communities in Sri Lanka since the war ended in 2009

( Source: DailyMirror, Posted: Feb 11, 2015)
Farming for Self-reliance in Kalahandi

Sustainable agriculture has helped transform the lives of farmers in Odisha’s backward Kalahandi district.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Feb 3, 2015)
Free Meal Programme Reducing Maternal Anaemia

The free meal programme by the Andhra government in India is helping tribal mothers look forward to healthier future.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 3, 2015)
Rowing A Boat Every Night To Rescue Children of War

In the darkness of night, Swami Pranavananda used to take a hand rowing boat and sail for Sri Lanka, crossing the turbulent sea. Every night he dodged the security personnel to bring the helpless kids to safety.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 2, 2015)
Dialling for Justice in Pakistan

At the legal center sponsored by the Enhanced Democratic Accountability and Civic Engagement (EDACE), legal advice imparted is free, focused on helping people who do not have access to the formal justice system.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Feb 2, 2015)
The Green Bazaar at Bangalore

Bangalorean visitors at Green Bazaar shared their wishes for a Green Bangalore...

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jan 29, 2015)
Speed Recruitment for Social Enterprises: Bangalore, Friday, January 30th

This is a great event for social enterprises looking to scale their teams, and even more exciting for individuals looking to make a career change.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jan 29, 2015)
What binds every family in this Kerala Panchayat

The thrust on chemical-free cultivation of vegetables that started as an experiment in the 90s has now evolved into a culture in Kerala’s Kanjikkuzhi Gram Panchayat. P N Venugopal traces the growth and success of this initiative so far.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 28, 2015)
Blending theatre with nature

Under the Sal Tree (Theatre in Nature) began in 2009, when Sukracharya Rabha, with the intention to take amateur drama to rural people, met theatre stalwart Heisnam Kanhailal.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Jan 28, 2015)
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