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Evolved since its inception the Grassroots Institute has 2 distinct functional divisions at present for the facilitation of work: a) Research, and b) Capacity Building.
 
RESEARCH FUNCTIONS

Grassroots Institute has conducted series of field studies in the past on varied topics and issues. There are several studies currently being undertaken by GI, which are illustrated on Ongoing Research section. Sizeable proportion of studies is accomplished by engaging the interns and students in field studies, which are highlighted in section Completed Research. The Grassroots Institute has the expertise to pursue the research and studies under following focus groups and corresponding themes:

 

Focus Group: Natural Resources and Environment


Research Themes
  • Agrobiodiversity Conservation
  • Food Security and Sovereignty
  • Ecologically Sustainable Agriculture
  • Rangelands and Pastoralism
  • Forest Stewardship and Parks-People Interface
  • Biodiversity Law and Governance
  • Environmental Governance
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Water Resources Governance

Focus Group: Indigenous and Bio-Cultural Rights


Research Themes
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Bio-Cultural Resources
  • Forest Rights of Indigenous Communities
  • Indigenous Law and Customary Rights
  • Land Rights and Livelihoods
  • Economic and Social Rights

  • Focus Group: Development and Advocacy


    Research Themes
    • Gender Rights and Justice
    • Local Self-Governance
    • Livelihood Systems
    • Rural Development
    • Methodology of delivering research functions includes conceptualizing, executing, disseminating and presenting the research studies that are mostly applied in nature. Grassroots Institute does involve chiefly in exploratory empirical research and advocacy-oriented studies. To improve the knowledge base and share the findings and experiences the GI takes part in discourses by organizing workshops, conferences, events, etc. or through presenting the research findings in national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, etc. Most importantly, the outcome of the studies is linked with capacity building and educational functions of Grassroots Institute as also used in updating and formulating the policy dialogues and opinion building.


      CAPACITY BUILDING FUNCTION

      Grassroots Institute specializes in developing the skills and potential of individuals across South Asia and attempts to deliver multicultural education and training. Capacity building activities include facilitation of effective human resource, democratic participation and community involvement in field programs, improved quality and equity in community initiatives, and integration of advocacy perspectives. It offers uniquely relevant, international-quality and professional education opportunities for the potential leaders, managers and field personnel of NGOs, other civil society organizations, development projects of government agencies, and support agencies. Since 2005, people from about 200 organizations belonging to South Asian countries have been facilitated to learn significantly. Delivered in three principal modes – customized trainings, intensive field trainings and exposure visits – the trainings were conducted and are conducted packaged in following themes:


      Focus Group: Natural Resources and Environment


      Capacity Building Themes

      • Agrobiodiversity Conservation
      • Integrated Nutrients Management
      • Integrated Pest Management
      • Community Natural Resource Management
      • Organic Farming Methods
      • Post Harvest Management of Organic Produce
      • Community Watershed Development & Rainwater Harvesting
      • ABS and Nagoya Protocol

      Focus Group: Indigenous and Bio-Cultural Rights

      Capacity Building Themes

      • Advocacy on NTFP Issues
      • Advocacy on People’s Rights and Entitlements
      • People’s Access to Livelihood Resources under PESA
      • Perspective Building on People-Centred Issues
      • Documentation, Management & Protection of ITK

      Focus Group: Development and Advocacy

      Capacity Building Themes

      • Participatory Rural Development
      • Local Livelihoods Development
      • Local Governance and Accountability
      • Communication Methods for Awareness & Education
      • Community Mobilization and Development
      • Assessment & Development of Organizational Capacities
      • Advocacy Writing Skills
      • Institutional Analysis of Government’s Development Schemes & Programs
      • Lobbying and Policy Advocacy
      • Local Self-Governance (Panchayati Raj System)
      • Local Self-Governance (PESA in 5th Scheduled Areas)
      • Logical Framework Analysis
      • Case Study and Media Writing Skills
      • Participatory Action Research
      • Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
      • Participatory Poverty Analysis
      • People-Centred Advocacy
      • Process Writing and Documentation
      • Project Cycle Management
      • Project Planning and Writing
      • Social Audit

      Capacity Building Network Asia is under evolution to mainstream the capacity building functions in collaborations throughout Asia. In addition to trainings, the capacity building functions are also accomplished by Summer Field Schools. Two summer field schools of one month each are proposed to take place in 2014: Mountain Ecosytem and Resource Management, and Local Governance and People’s Rights. On request of University of Minnesota, a Semester CoursePeople in Ecosystems of Western Himalayas: Traditions of Conservation” is also designed for undergraduate and graduate students. This semester course would also be linked with other such universities. Short leadership programs for students and ecotourism expeditions are added to diversify the exposure of students to ecological conservation.


      GRASSROOTS ACTION FUNCTIONS

      Grassroots Institute strives to address crucial issues of poor and powerless society in backward and remote territories. The following issues of sustainable development are addressed: 

      Program: Conserving the Ecosystems 

      Theme.1: Environmental & Natural Resource Conservation
      Theme.2: Bio-Cultural Protocols and Community Conservation
      Theme.3: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

      Program: Promoting the Food Security

      Theme.1: Sustainable Agriculture Development
      Theme.2: Promotion of Sustainable Livelihoods
      Theme.3: Rainwater Management & Micro-Irrigation

      Program: Democratizing the Governance

      Theme.1: Democratization of Local Governance
      Theme.2: Increasing Women Representation
      Theme.3: Gender Rights and Justice

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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