Workshops and Other Events
October 7 2004, New Delhi
Presentation on 'National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy' at the CRG discussion programme on the Internally Displaced Peoples with visiting Asia Pacific Forum delegation.
October 24 2004, Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata
Public presentation by Madhuresh Kumar, on the theme "Globalisation and Socio-Economic Rights of Marginalised Communities", at Calcutta Research Group.
April 9-10 2005, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Kolkata
Workshop on Globalisation, State Policies, and Human Rights
From the end of the last decade in particular, the government of India has come up with a number of policies aimed at protecting the people who may be adversely affected by globalisation. There has been a virtual policy explosion in the area of agriculture, water, health, environment, forest, women empowerment, children care, education etc. These policies and charters are said to have increased our policy fund and set an agenda of governance for successive governments. On one hand these policies can be seen in the backdrop of resistance offered by various civil groups against the onslaught of globalisation, and the reforms carried out by the government. On the contrary it can also be said that the policy explosions has occurred with two main aims: 1) To control and mitigate the effects of globalisation process on the society; 2) To meet the demands posed by neo-liberal economic policies on the economy, environment and resources. However, the significant questions which need to be asked in this context is:
Have these policies been able to help the sustainability of rights especially of marginalised communities under globalisation?
If these policies form part of what has been called as safety net, what kind of safety do these policies provide?
Where and to what extent do rights feature in this landscape of policies?
To what extent the concerns of various marginalised groups are reflected in these policies, which could ensure their enhanced social and political participation, in governance structures and civil society?
What are the ways in which these policies are formulated and executed?
Does the policy explosion reflect a shift in governance agenda of the government from ‘rights’ to ‘policies’?
It is to discuss these questions and critically engage with various government policies in the context of globalisation that this advocacy workshop is organised with participants from organisations, social movements, networks and individuals working on these issues. The endeavour is to supplement the policy debate as well as listen to the testimonies of the individuals and organisations that are engaged with the implementation of these policies at grassroots levels in various parts of the country. Organised around different panels the endeavour would be to engage critically with the specific state policies and enhance our understanding of the emerging policy regime in the context of economic reforms.
For details see
Conference Statement and
Read the Report of the workshop
June 10 2005, Hotel Akashdeep, Kolkata
Advisory Meeting for design and development of education programme on state policies and sustainability of rights in the age of globalisation.
September 2005, Kolkata
4-5 days non-residential educational course on state policies and sustainability of rights in the age of globalisation.
Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD)
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for Alternatives (CA)
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Peoples’ Watch – Tamil Nadu (PWTN)
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Nepal South Asia Centre (NESAC)
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Rural Self-reliance Development Centre (RSDC)
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Human Rights and Democratic Forum (FOHRID)
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South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK)
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Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA)Website : http://www.humanitarian-srilanka.org/index.htm
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