A key element of the ProGlo research programme is collaboration with important stakeholders in the study regions and at the national level, including local, state-level, national-level and international NGOs, civil society organisations, government bodies, local educational institutions, and other relevant organisations and key persons.
The stakeholders, listed on this page, were identified in the initial stages and invited to the proposal development workshop that was held at NIAS on January 12 and 13, 2009. After inception of the PhD projects, additional stakeholders in the three districts will be contacted and involved in the planning and implementation of the field research throughout the research period, through frequent interactions and workshops. Collaboration with local stakeholders will enable the researchers to access information more quickly and to identify specific research questions relevant to local social development issues. Stakeholder involvement will also aid in the dissemination and application of research results. A series of participatory dissemination activities are being planned for the final year of the programme.
In addition, linkages will also be developed with key stakeholders in the international and national-level policy arena, and with networks and associations of Indian diasporic communities involved in development activities in India.
To know more about each of our stakeholders, please click on their names.
Urban Research Centre
The Urban Research Centre (Bangalore) is a non-profit organisation working on action research projects on urbanisation. The organisation's vision is to 'contribute to a responsible civil society and responsive governance in the urban areas of Coastal and Capital regions of Karnataka'.
Valored collaborates with government schools to improve the quality of education provided to children in Udupi and Dakshin Kannada districts. The organisation concentrates on community participation and training programmes for teachers along with other aspects contributing to the betterment of the educational system. Mangalore, Karnataka
Vishwa Gujarati Samaj
The Vishwa Gujarati Samaj is an organisation linking members of the Gujarati community across the globe. It attempts not only to promote communal unity among diasporic Gujaratis and those Gujaratis settled within India but also to preserve the ‘cultural heritage’ of the community. The organisation also undertakes projects to fulfil its ‘social, cultural, educational and humanitarian’ objectives.
Jalaram Seva Trust
The Jalaram Seva Trust, based in the UK, organises the celebration of specific festivals (Ganesh Chaturthi). The organisation has also constructed a temple which provides one free meal every day to all those who visit. Dharmaj, Gujarat
The Erin Foundation focuses on development-oriented projects. Some of their initiatives include: leadership training programmes for children, organic farming, and the improvisation on the crude cooking stove to reduce the emission of excessive smoke.
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) seeks to connect diasporic Indians with their country of origin. It is involved in endeavours with overseas Indians concerning the promotion of trade and investment, emigration, education, culture, health, and science and technology. Headed by a Cabinet Minister, the MOIA consists of the following functional service divisions to aid in the execution of its wide range of services: