Interventions: HUMAN RIGHTS
National Workshop on Mainstreaming RBA in Development Organizations
9th to 11th April 2009
The three day workshop was organized from 9th to 11th April 2009 to discuss and develop a common understanding of the human rights based approaches. A significant component of the workshop/discussions was also to have their experiences of mainstreaming human rights based approach. Three categories of organizations including International Support Funding Organizations, middle level NGOs working at national/state level and small grassroots organizations working at village/block levels participated in the workshops. The identification and targeting of the organizations was done to facilitate a cross exchange of information and assess the level of understanding of rights based approach and its meaning.
Regional Workshop on NREGA in Bihar
5 March 2009
A one day regional workshop on NREGA was organized at Parivar Vikas Sanstha, Jamui Bihar. 30 organizations from adjoining districts participated in the workshop. The workshop discussed the NREGA in the context of right to food and livelihood and role of the organizations in ensuring proper implementation of the Act. The participants expressed keenness to play a meaningful role in NREGA through Monitoring and conducting social audit. They also planned a workshop on social audit involving more NGOs working in neighboring districts of Jharkhand. The workshop was co-organized by Parivar Vikas Sastha, Lok Vikas sanstha and PAIRVI.
Regional Workshop at Deoghar, Jharkhand
8th February 2009
Pairvi organized a regional workshop at Deoghar on the request of the local organizations from 6 neighboring districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. More than 25 organizations from the area participated in the workshop which dwelt mainly around the concerns of right to food and NREGA. All the participants resolved to come together to bring more transparency and accountability in the NREGA in their respective areas.
Youth Workshop on RTI in Uttarakhand
19-20 October 2008
Pairvi organized a two day workshop on RTI with youth at YMCA, Bhimtal on 19th and 20th October 25 individuals and organizations from Bhimtal, Nainital, Bhowali etc. participated in the workshop. The workshop discussed the fundamentals of RTI in detail and shared case studies on inspirational usage of RTI in Uttarakhand and elsewhere in the country. The participants were also shown two films on RTI which showed that how RTI can be used to bring about transparency in the government and make the government accountable to people.
National Workshop on Advocacy
23-27 September 2008
A five day National workshop on advocacy was organized from 23rd to 27th September at Lucknow. 25 participants from 8 states participated in the five day intensive workshop. The workshop was aimed at discussing advocacy competence and initiatives of the participants and tried to exchange knowledge, skills and advocacy strategies. The participatory methodology was punctuated by inputs from experts and practitioners from various fields.
Bihar Government Sets up State Human Rights Commission
20 October 2008
As a result of continuous lobbying, Bihar government. notified setting up of State Human Rights Commission in December 2007. Pairvi along with local partners engaged with the Speaker of the legislative Assembly (entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the Commission) for expeditious implementation of the notification. Recently Government appointed Justice S N Jha, Justice Rajendra Prasad and Mr. RR Prasad as the Chairperson and members of the Commission respectively.
State Workshop on RTI at Patna
28th July 2008
One day workshop on right to information was organized at Youth hostel Patna on 28th July. More than 60 organizations from 22 districts of Bihar participated in the workshop. Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Information Commissioner inaugurated the workshop. He said that in two years of its existence, Information Commission has achieved many milestones in making information available to people, however he also added that there are still some gaps in making information available at district and block levels. Efforts are on by the Commission to promote suo motu disclosure and Commission has even punished many public authorities for denying information.
Regional Consultations on NREGA in Jharkhand
23rd July 2008
A regional consultation on status of NREGA in poorest districts of Jharkhand was organized at Deoghar in collaboration with Pravah, in view of the fact that these districts have performed extremely poorly in the NREGA. 30 participants from 8 districts participated in the Consultation on 23rd July. A number of facts regarding implementation of NREGA were brought to light which were conveyed to the advisor to the Supreme Court appointed Commissioner on Right to food and other relevant authorities.
Regional Workshop on NREGA and RTI
23rd January 2008
A one day regional workshop was organized by Pairvi with Sarthi Sanstha at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan on NREGA and Right to Information. The workshop was attended by 30 local activists and NGOs from Sikar, Churu, and Jhunjhunu. The objective of the workshop was to enable social advocates better utilize the right to information and its utilization in monitoring NREGP. The participants found the NREGA Primer developed by Pairvi very useful, knowing about the Act and the programme and its monitoring aspects. Some of the participant organizations have also volunteered to organize social audits of the programme in their Panchayats
Regional Consultation on Floods in Bihar
Bihar witnesses floods every year which affects the lives of 1/3rd population. All the economic activities are affected for at least four to six months and floods also take a huge toll on the lives of people and cattle. Pairvi organized a state Consultation on long lasting solution of floods last year. In continuation of the intervention on floods, a regional consultation of organizations of 7 districts in North Bihar, which is affected by floods, was undertaken in July with NIDC network. Organizations discussed disaster mitigation efforts and how to engage with the state government on this important issue more effectively.
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