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Title: Provision and delivery of services to Inter-State Migrants in Hyderabad

Partner/Client: SDTT&AT

Date: 2012 (Ongoing)

Project Description: The project aims to facilitate the transition of inter-state migrants into an urban space through skill development, counseling and ancillary support activities.

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Title: Vocational Training Center in Hyderabad

Partner/Client: Tech Mahindra Foundation

Date: 2012 (Ongoing)

Project Description: The vocational training center will train youth from disadvantaged backgrounds on communication skills and office automation and provide placement linkages to various companies. The project aims to enhance the employability of individual students, to reduce the mismatch between the demand for and the supply of skilled manpower, and to provide an alternative to those seeking to pursue higher education without a particular interest or purpose.

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Title: Tight-ropes and Bootstraps: Enabling violence-affected young adults deal with trauma

Partner/Client: IDRC

Date: 2010 (Ongoing)

Project Description: The primary objective of this project is to build knowledge on the deepening trauma of violence-affected young Muslim adults in Hyderabad and to identify enabling processes of social reintegration. This project looks at issues of access to various institutions, networks, programs and socio-cultural and political spaces, in order to map the socio-economic and psycho-social dimensions of trauma. The research addresses both young men and women and therefore will also contribute towards a gendered analysis of these issues.

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Title: PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas)

Partner/Client: Ministry of Rural Development, GoI

Date: 2010 (On-going)

Project Description: Yugantar has partnered with M/s SVEC Constructions to undertake PURA in a cluster of 10 villages in Parvathagiri Mandal, Warangal District. Our project is one of the 9 projects in the country selected by the Ministry of Rural Development as a pilot. The Rural Development Ministry, through the PURA project, aims at creating economic opportunities in the Cluster by providing urban infrastructure and services in rural hubs, such as potable drinking water to each household, roads, sanitation facilities, agricultural marketing services etc., under a PPP framework.

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Title: An Inquiry into the Performance, Possibilities and Prospects of Insurance Services in a Defined Rural Geography

Partner/Client: IRDA

Date: 2010 (On-going)

Project Description: This project will conduct an inquiry into the performance, scope and future of insurance products in a defined rural geography to enable insurance companies to rapidly expand the frontiers of their business. The main objective of the study is to create a framework on which insurance indicators can be mapped clearly, towards informing regulatory and legislative policy interventions. The study is being carried out in Parvathagiri Mandal of Warangal District, A.P., where we have done a baseline survey and are currently in the process of creating a conducive environment for the study and acceptance among community leaders.

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Title: Migration and Conflict in the Mega City: A Study of Migrants in Hyderabad

Partner/Client: SDTT

Date: 2011

Project Description: The objectives of the research was to identify the locations of the migrant communities in Hyderabad and to do an extensive profiling of migrant workers regarding – their aAccess to basic facilities such as shelter, education, health facilities, financial services etc, the main sectors employing them and the terms of employment. In addition to these, we had also undertaken an intensive qualitative study on one migrant stream from Orissa to formulate a better understanding of the lived experience of migrants in Hyderabad. This has helped us understand the challenges faced by the families of the migrants at the source (thus compelling them to migrate) and their struggles at the destination (Hyderabad).

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Title: Managerial effectiveness programme

Partner/Client: Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA)

Date: 2008

Project Description: ThinkSoft conducted a personal and managerial effectiveness programme for developing second line leadership for the affiliate organizations of COVA. A Future Search Conference was conducted in collaboration with ThinkSoft as a part of their visioning exercise.

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Title: Tales from two cities: Cross-learning to improve quality of life

Partner/Client: Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT)

Date: 2008

Project Description: This Project addresses the need to strengthen civil society initiatives in the emerging ‘megacities’ of Hyderabad and Bangalore by identifying successful and innovative initiatives, and facilitating a platform for sharing knowledge. Introducing these successful approaches into public policy dialogue will be the core outcome of this project. The overarching objective of strengthening civil society will be achieved through the cross-learning generated by the inter-city network of best- practitioners. This dialogue will also promote civil society’s engagement with governance structures and processes within both cities. Subsumed within the broader objective on strengthening civil society, is the focus on enabling a sustainable interface with service providers in Hyderabad and Bangalore

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Title: Archiving Hyderabad: Documenting the living memory of its citizens

Partner/Client: Satyam Foundation

Date: 2007-08

Project Description: While there are a large number of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, collection of speeches and writings about Hyderabad, we feel it is difficult to find a comprehensive account of (the crucial aspects of) its growth as a cosmopolitan city. Currently, there is almost no video documentation of crucial moments of Hyderabad’s history. Using the format of video documentation this project records, preserves and disseminates the voices and images of Hyderabad, past and present. Through in-depth interviews with Hyderabadis – of different communities, generations, class and political affiliations – we hope to piece together parts of an extraordinary history which includes dialogues on urban/ city development, architecture, politics, food, language, education, community histories, identity, economics, governance and culture.

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Title: Changing Perceptions of Communal Harmony

Partner/Client: COVA

Date: 2007-08

Project Description: A study on the “Changing Perceptions of Communal Harmony”.

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Title: Provision of Solar Powered Led Lights for Off-Grid Tribal Households Partner/Client: University of Calgary

Date: 2007 Project Description: This was pilot project for provision of solar powered LED lights for off-grid tribal households under the auspices of University of Calgary followed by another similar project for the same university and CEC.

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Title: Minority Women Negotiating Citizenship: An action-research project

Partner/Client: IDRC

Date: 2006 - 2009

Project Description: This project was conceived of in the aftermath of the Gujarat genocide in 2002. When we visited Gujarat in 2003 we witnessed several depositions of women who had survived violence to take on ‘agential roles’ in negotiating various institutions seeking justice, compensation, livelihood, and survival for their families and their ‘community’. Women were engaging with and being engaged by not only family and the state (in terms of claiming justice), but also NGOs/ CBOs, religious organisations, markets, and ‘communities’. These engagements were taking place in a site particular to the post- conflict/ post-violence situation – a destabilised, volatile, incoherent quotidian space. Witnessing these depositions and processes we were struck by our lack of knowledge on, and understanding of, Muslim women in India and their quotidian experiences outside that of the ‘domestic’; especially of how Muslim women reposition themselves and re-negotiate relations in post-conflict situations. This project addresses the need for action research to strengthen activities that build ‘voice’ and agency of Muslim women (specially the poor) in order to transform accountability relationships both at the State and Community levels.

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Title: Improving Community Nutritional Status through Meso-micro Collaboration: An action research project

Partner/Client: International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)

Date: 2006

Project Description: This project is predicated on the assumption that the object of the research i.e. ‘economically poor rural women’ are active, reflective collaborators able to both identify their problems and to generate knowledge through the narratives of their experience. The aim of this project is to strengthen activities that will increase the participation of women in the processes of providing improved food and nutritional security at the village level and create accountability relationships with the local government. The aim will be addressed through the following interlinked components: Panchayats to take responsibility for rectifying the situation locally and for escalation in seeking redressal and accountability from local administration; and Mandal level civil societal group for the monitoring of government programmes in all the villages and to further advocacy and media activities.

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Title: Urban Food and Nutrition Security in Hyderabad, India

Partner/Client: International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date: 2006

Project Description: Yugantar was a key partner on this pilot study undertaken by IFPRI, and was responsible for producing a thorough institutional analysis and mapping of the nutrition and food security situation in Hyderabad. Yugantar took the lead in carrying out a rapid assessment of the food and nutrition security, childcare and feeding practices, and livelihoods and coping strategies in two urban communities in Hyderabad.

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Title: Communal Conflict in Hyderabad – A Study

Partner/Client: Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA)

Date: 2005-06

Project Description: COVA, a national network of over 800 organizations working for communal harmony, peace and social justice, commissioned a study to look at the root of communal conflict in Hyderabad, and the activities being undertaken to keep it in check. Our methodology included semi- structured interviews and focus group-discussions with different stakeholders. Data was analyzed using grounded theory.

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Title: Empowering the cotton farmers

artner/Client: Prakasam Krishi Vigyan Kendra and India Council for Agriculture Research

Date: 2005

Project Description: With the high incident of cotton farmer suicides in the state, the AP Government initiated the eSafal program to ensure proper and timely supply of quality agri-inputs at a fair price, imparting training to the farmers and enabling better market realization by aggregation and establishing preferential buying arrangements with leading cotton spinning mills. The project is being implemented in partnership with Prakasam Krishi Vigyan Kendra, a grass-root level NGO setup and supported by Indian Council for Agriculture Research. We have the support of the Government of Andhra Pradesh (grant for training), Syngenta (pesticides and technical know-how), JK Agri-genetics (seeds and technical know-how), Satyam Computer Services Ltd (software for aggregation and management) and Cheslind Spinning Mills Ltd (post-harvest technology and procurement).

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Title: Globalization and The Indian State- Changing Agrarian Policies in AP: Implications for Food Security

Partner/Client: International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date: 2005

Project Description: The project was undertaken to do a critical assessment of India’s development paradigm in the light of globalization. The project evaluated the impact of the transformation from welfarist to neo-liberal policies on agriculture and food security, studied the role of the various social forces in bringing about the policy shift, and identified the groups affected by the neo-liberal policies and to assess the nature of impact on different social groups. It also studied the response of social groups to this emerging scenario.

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Title: Minority Women Negotiating Citizenship: An action-research project Partner/Client: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Date: 2005

Project Description: This action-research project engages with women’s experiences in the context of communal violence, by addressing the agency of minority women negotiating citizenship, marginalization and exclusion in their fight to survive conflict and post-conflict situations. The project looks at the transformative process from victim hood to agency and its impact on accountability relationships at State, Community and Family levels. Five organizations, based in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Mumbai, are partnering with Yugantar for the research activities.

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Title: Use of Different Aid Instruments and Their Effectiveness

Partner/Client: University of Birmingham/DFID

Date: 2005

Project Description: We were part of a study team that examined the use of different aid instruments and their effectiveness; with special focus on the implications of moving from project based support to a general budgetary support (GBS), in Andhra Pradesh. Funded by DFID, this study was conducted by the University of Birmingham. It involved interactions and interviews with state government officials in charge of various projects as well as representatives of both bilateral and multilateral agencies.

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Title : Design programme initiatives for Satyam Foundation

Partner/Client: Satyam Foundation

Date: 2004-07

Project Description: Satyam Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Satyam Computer Services, the fourth largest IT company in India. The services of Thinksoft were retained by Satyam Foundation for a period of two years. The brief was to help scale up activities and design programme initiatives. During the period of association the Foundation grew from a fledgling initiative aimed at involving the families of employees to a mature organization offering services in six domains. Today the Foundation has the largest structured corporate volunteering programme in India. The Foundation won the FICCI award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility in 2006, and has incubated two major initiatives in Emergency Management and Health care.

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Title: Nature of Water Management – A Study

Partner/Client: Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Date: 2004-06

Project Description: A study, in nature of Water Management, commissioned by WWF (and CEC), on the status of the Godavari, with special emphasis on the mid-basin. The study had a heightened relevance given that several controversial irrigation projects were being proposed both in the mid and upper reaches of the river. The study was a precursor to the ‘civil society’ dialogue on the use of surplus waters in the Godavari initiated by the Godav............................................................................................................... ari Vedika (Godavari Forum).

Title: Poor Rural Women’s collectives’ Action for Justiciable Right to Food Project

Partner/Client: International Council for Research on Women (ICRW)

Date: 2004-05

Project Description: An ongoing food security initiative in Matkal area of Andhra Pradesh and Ongole (AP), in collaboration with Ankuram Sangham Porum and International Council for Research on Women (ICRW), dealing with right to food, chronic hunger, and how communities can self-organize to meet the challenges of such conditions, and starvation.

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Title: A project for Light Up The World Foundation

Partner/Client: Light Up The World Foundation (LUTW)

Date: 2004

Project Description: A project for Light Up the World Foundation (LUTW); pioneers in the use of White Light Emitting Diodes (WLEDs) along with renewable energy as an off-grid lighting solution for the poor in remote areas. The project consisted of implementing the solution in 80 households, study the impact and also design a scheme whereby these systems could be offered on a deferred payment basis by Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs).

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Title: Installations of Solar Equipments in a Tribal Habitation

Partner/Client: Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI)

Date: 2004

Project Description: A project for Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), in a Chenchu (classified as a Primitive Tribal Group [PTG]) habitation, involving installations of solar equipments (including lanterns, driers and a television), in the field, and providing handholding and training support to the community, both in the use of the equipments, as well as conjunctive activities.

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Title: A Gender and Sanitation Study

Partner/Client: University of Southampton

Date: 2004

Project Description: A Gender and Sanitation Study, commissioned by the University of Southampton, in two Municipalities adjoining the city of Hyderabad. The study was to examine the gender impact of the DFID (UK) funded APUSP on the implementation of the Integrated Low Cost Sanitation Programme (ILCS) of the state government and to identified the problems of poor women in urban slums in the face of inadequate sanitation infrastructure and services. ThinkSoft carried out the field work and analysed the findings.

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Title: Gender Impact of Micro Finance

Partner/Client: Care India

Date: Sept. to Dec. 2003

Project Description: Conducted a study on the impact of micro finance interventions on the lives of poor women for Care India.

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Title: Alternative source of Energy – A Study

Partner/Client: Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI)

Date: 2003

Project Description: This was a study on the use of solar energy as an alternative source of energy.

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Title: Achieving Universal Service in a local area - Kalleda Village (AP) Gram-Phone Deployment

Partner/Client: Rural Telecom Foundation (RTF)

Date: 2002

Project Description: Gram-Phone (a modified party line) has been fully deployed in Kalleda Village with approximately 70% residential coverage. This is the first deployment village in India. The aim was to promote the right telecom solutions that benefit the underprivileged rural people in India.

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Title: Base Line Study

Partner/Client: Mahilabhivruddhi Society, Andhra Pradesh (APMAS)

Date: 2002

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roject Description: Base Line study of SHGs for APMAS

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Title: Background Report on Gender Issues in India

Partner/Client: Anveshi/IDS, University of Sussex/ODA, now DFID

Date: 1994-1995

Project Description: Conducted an analysis of Gender policies within the NGO sector in India and a behavioral study of the attitude of NGO personnel to gender issues using focus groups and interviews.

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Title: Study on Women’s Thrift Cooperatives

Partner/Client: The World Bank

DATE: 1994

Project Description: Assessing group processes, maturity levels and estimating subsidy dependence indicators for Cooperative Development Foundation.

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Title: Gender impact study of the Andhra Pradesh Lift & Borewell Irrigation Schemes

Partner/Client: The ETC Foundation, the Netherlands

Date: 1993

Project Description: A gender assessment study (gas) of irrigation schemes and community bore wells in Andhra Pradesh. Report on use of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) methodology.

 
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