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Action Aid India initiates KAP


To further expand its role in policy advocacy and to consolidate efforts of the civil society, ActionAid India has ventured to create Knowledge Activist Hubs.

Essentially, a Knowledge Activist Hub (KAHUBS) will be a knowledge entity with flexible structure not merely limited to ActionAid domain but to work with various advisory groups formed with eminent social activists, academics, researchers etc. These groups of experts will guide and nurture knowledge activism.

The ActionAid initiative is an attempt to create ‘knowledge’ and ‘activist’ forums for social action on critical issues by building inclusive platforms to synergize the initiatives of ActionAid India and generate debate, discussion and ideas around issues leading to policy analysis and research agendas. These forums will also support in campaigning and coordinating actions across the country to link local-national-international dimensions which impact the lives and aspirations of the marginalized communities.

The KAHUBS which will come into being by this year end are –

  • Land and Livelihood
  • Natural Resources
  • Women’s Right
  • Governance / Democratization of Polity
  • South-South North-South Solidarities
  • Peace, Justice and Secularism
  • Urban Poverty
  • Child Rights

According to ActionAid India, the Knowledge Activist Hub will play an important role in supporting and contributing to contemporary movements and struggles through conducting research, facilitating documentation and bringing out regular policy briefs, publications and discussion papers. The NGO has planned an integrated network of Knowledge Activist Hubs on a country-wide scale.

The recruitments for the KAHUB, including the grass root fellows is on. It is expected to be an inspiring move, particularly in the context of rejuvenated global formations of civil society.

Since 1972, ActionAid India has been playing a critical role for the cause of the deprived communities, supporting their rights, aspirations and demands. With various programs, it has raised the level of awareness among the marginalized communities about their right to live a dignified life.

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