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Capacity Building

Praxis as the secretariat of SEW-holds a significant role in anchoring the process of building the capacity of stakeholders, from across the nation, who share equity concerns. The process of social equity auditing needs trained personnel to facilitate the same and the organisations need capacity enhancement in terms of acquiring knowledge, accessing resources as well as building networks at their respective levels. Capacity development of organisations will enable them to look into their own systems and practices from an equity angle to discern their own aberrations in terms of inclusion of the vulnerable sections in their own programmes and projects. Capacity building is focused at:

  • Enabling the partners to discern and address negative discriminations inherent in current development practices, which efface the vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society from the agenda of development. In order to achieve this, the partners will be supported to develop locally sensitive indicators and tools to measure the level of exclusion and thus generate patterns, methods, and innovative approaches in the direction of inclusion.

  • Enabling the partners to assess how far the principles of non-discrimination and inclusion are operational in the organisation as a whole, in its vision-mission statements, organisational structure, strategies, and decision-making processes.

 

Developing Standards

In the previous phase of social equity audit, constant attempts had been made to develop equity standards, which will help in framing methodologies and tools to measure the level of exclusion at various levels. In the new phase of SEW, Praxis takes the call to further take efforts to develop equity standards in the current context apart from the location of disaster (Tsunami) in the inception stage. The focus is to formulate certain common standards to support the partners. It will build up their own indicators and parameters to measure the level of exclusion as well as inclusion in various development projects.

 

Building Knowledge: Accumulation and dissemination of information

As mentioned in the beginning, SEW is committed to go beyond an emergency or disaster context. The mainstreamed systems of knowledge may not be able to deliver the nuances of exclusion happening in all facets of development interventions. Praxis, as the secretariat of Social Equity Watch, will anchor the process of reviewing the existing patterns of knowledge production in the development sector, from an equity point of view. It will strive to generate new ideas on building alternative systems and patterns of information dissemination, which may enhance the visibility of vulnerable sections and thus locate exclusion in each and every project in the agenda of development, irrespective of the actors behind it. Increased knowledge of the social exclusion process is likely to help in developing appropriate strategies for inclusive interventions.

Reviewing the current literature, identifying best practices of inclusion, conducting case studies and scanning the media, are some of the methods to be adopted for accumulation and dissemination of knowledge on equity concerns. An intense exercise of reviewing the current literature regarding various kinds of development interventions is necessary to begin with. Identifying the best practices of inclusion will corroborate the objectives of SEW in terms of reviewing and challenging the existing models of development in which the vulnerable section of the society has been marginalized. Conducting case studies of exclusion is another way of supporting the development of equity standards. Case studies will generate new questions about exclusion and will provide supportive evidence and information for social equity exercises.

Media plays a very crucial role in the development agenda by prioritising the goals, affixing the actors and their roles, and locating the issues. In the current context, it is very important to critically look at the media from an equity angle to bring forth any biases and discrepancies involved in development interventions. Scanning the media is an exercise to understand the volume of ‘exclusion of the excluded’. Social Equity Watch will have to anchor a crucial role in picking up the predilections involved in contemporary journalism towards exclusion as well as inclusion of the marginalised in the agenda of development.

 

Networking and advocacy

Multi-stakeholder involvement and networking is necessary to mobilise the communities towards inclusion as well as escalate the issues of equity at the macro level. Across the country, there are organisations, collectives and individuals who have already been involved in social equity projects with a vision to build systems and patterns to identify exclusion and to promote inclusion. Networking with these organisations as well as sector-based NGOs, is one of the key functions of SEW. Networking with groups who have already been involved in advocacy would help in the effective management of the external advocacy part. Social Equity Watch’s role would be to provide adequate equity related knowledge to strengthen their hands. As mentioned above, building a solid knowledge base on equity would therefore be the main objective.

The accumulated knowledge would be shared widely among NGOs, INGOs, Government development agencies, bilateral, multilaterals and various people’s organisations so that SEW would contribute to the culture of equity and inclusion and promote equity-based advocacy. The ultimate impact would manifest through the people who will be questioning and monitoring each and every development intervention in a way that no form of exclusion would raise its ugly head.

 

Fact Finding Missions

Fact finding missions undertaken by human rights defenders only served to confirm their worst fears. In the post-tsunami relief and rehabilitation phase, the following social groups were found to experience social exclusion and discrimination.

  • The Dalit and indigenous communities in the coastal area

  • Women (especially girls and young women, single women, widows, and women-headed families)

  • Children

  • Elderly people

  • Minorities (ethnic, linguistic and religious)

  • People with disabilities, the differently-abled, and those with Special needs

  • Inland people

  • Labourers and traders

  • People affected by calamities

  • Others in specific situations

 

SEW Audits

  • CASA (Pilot, NGO), Church Auxiliary for Social Action, 4, Church Road, Vepery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India-600007, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     www.casa-india.org

  • PARA (NGO, Dalit focus), People’s Action for Rural Awakening, The tsunami response programme Punarnirmaaní is a joint programme 
of PARA and Dalit Bahujan Shramik Union (DBSU)
Assumption Church Compound,
 Pezzonipeta-Poornanandapeta,
 Vijayawada, Krishna Street,
 Andhra Pradesh, India-520003.
Ph.0866-2579495
Mobile: +91.98.4903.6260

  • Women’s Collective (NGO, women focus)
E 53,1 5th Street, II Cross, Periar Nagar, 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India-600082.
Ph.044-25501257, 25505853
    www.womencollective.org

  • SNEHA (NGO, fisher folk focus)
Social Need Education and Human Awareness, 
No.30, Karyankudichetty Street, Velipalayam,
 Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India -611 001
Ph.04365-247241, 248622

  • CARE India (INGO)
27, Velachery Road, Velachery,
 Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 600042
Ph:+91-44-55143770/71,22448221
Fax:+91-4422447592
  www.careindia.org

  • SEVAI (NGO, Community Focus)
Society for Education, Village Action and Improvement
133, Karur Main Road, Allur,
 Thirupalli District, Tamil Nadu, India-620101.
Ph.0431-2685227
Fax: 0431-2685227  www.sevai.org