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Shram ka Samman: On Migrants – Hopes, Rights and Demands

Shram ka Samman: On Migrants – Hopes, Rights and Demands

by Vani Viswanathan ‘I dreamt of putting my children through school and taking care of my aged parents with the money I make,’ says Rakhi from Jamui, Bihar, who migrated with her family to Gujarat. Rakhi had to flee back to…

Leveraging the power of media to address grievances

Leveraging the power of media to address grievances

While on-ground volunteers can assist with grievance redressal, community-based hyperlocal media can play a powerful role in putting pressure on authorities to act on grievances.  Over the years, local inefficiencies on a range of topics have been resolved after they were reported on…

Adding value to the work of women’s labour unions

Adding value to the work of women’s labour unions

Gram Vaani platforms TTCU Kural and Urimai Kural, run in collaboration with women’s unions TTCU and GAFWU & PTS, support union work by providing a channel to voice sensitive grievances and enabling better tracking and resolution of these grievances. Since opening in late 2017, the two…

Driving policy awareness by facilitating contextual discussions

Driving policy awareness by facilitating contextual discussions

Awareness about policies and entitlements they are eligible to are low among people in India’s heartlands. Some 63% of people surveyed using Mobile Vaani in Raipur, Chattisgarh, didn’t know how to enrol in the National Social Assistance Programme, while 52% didn’t know if…

Empowering communities to monitor and improve public services

Empowering communities to monitor and improve public services

Reliable mechanisms aren’t in place for people to report about public service delivery. Gram Vaani has developed platforms with organisations such as National Foundation for India and Population Foundation of India to facilitate community-based monitoring of public services and schemes….

Holding employers to account when the government fails

Holding employers to account when the government fails

1 in 3 workers in Delhi/NCR we surveyed had no proof of employment. Nearly 2 in 3 were paid less than the minimum wage. Gram Vaani’s Saajha Manch collects news, testimonies and experiences from workers and puts pressure on employers to address these issues. Since Sept…

Agriculture advisory for smallholder farmers

Agriculture advisory for smallholder farmers

Most farmers struggle with getting accurate and localised information on their farming practices, on crop diversification or opportunities for new cash crops. However, they find information that they get on centralised helplines too technical and not contextual enough. The result:…

Helping farmers weather agriculture shocks

Helping farmers weather agriculture shocks

One in two of over 1,500 people in Bihar, Jharkhand & Madhya Pradesh we surveyed on Mobile Vaani recently said that agriculture was their primary source of income. But most of these farmers – 87% – faced income shocks over…

Guiding young people on education and career pathways

Guiding young people on education and career pathways

In a bid to earn more, families are looking beyond agriculture. Some 62% of the people we surveyed believed that the best way to increase their household income was to get new skills to help in their present job, or…