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GRASSROOTS RESEARCH
 
Grassroots Institute has been developing as a center of excellence for research, studies and assessments. A team of dedicated researchers and highly experienced expert associates performs the studies at or for the Grassroots Institute. GI usually partners or seeks partnership/collaboration with donor agencies, academic or research institutes, NGOs, universities and organizations for studies and research.

Impact Assessment and Participatory Monitoring are other two important functions of Grassroots Institute. Both are practiced in GI’s internal functioning and GIT-supported projects. Also the GI on getting sponsorship/ support undertakes Participatory Assessment and Monitoring (planning, execution or both) for many other organizations like funding agencies, NGOs, support agencies, etc.
 

Research Framework

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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