Although laws exist, the rights of tribal communities are often forgotten. In India more needs to be done to monitor the implementation of legislation and policy on the rights of the Adivasi.
How are we helping
Supporting a partnership project to strengthen networks - tribal rights fora, so they can engage policy makers to improve implementation of legislation that supports the rights of tribal communities.
About the project
The indigenous peoples of India known as Adivasi constitute 8.6 per cent of India’s population, equivalent to 104 million people. Although the Indian government has introduced a number of laws and policies that are specifically designed to promote the rights of tribal communities, more needs to be done to monitor the implementation of legislation and policy at the central and state levels of government. A network of Tribal Rights Fora (TRF) was established by Find Your Feet to do just this, but they need to be strengthened so they can effectively engage policy makers and make recommendations to the institutions responsible for implementing legislative changes.
Find Your Feet is designing and implementing a tailored programme of capacity development for TRF members in leadership, advocacy skills and engagement with governance and the media. The project is also forging strategic partnerships between TRF members and other alliances and networks so they can campaign on issues of mutual concern and engage with the government’s implementing bodies, particularly the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). The TRF will document incidences of rights violations, hold regular meetings with NHRI representatives, and contribute to NHRI procedures such as formal complaints, expert inquiries and fact-finding missions.
By the end of the project, it is expected that the TRF will be able to independently engage in policy dialogue and decision-making alongside government institutions. It is also anticipated that there will be improved monitoring of legislation and tribal policies by NHRIs as a result of interaction and information sharing with the TRF.
Badlao Foundation based in Jharkhand is committed to working with tribal communities for their transformation. For more than three decades, it has been working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender justice and livelihood development. Lokshakti Samaj Sevi Sanstha, is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1986. It is involved in women’s empowerment, livelihood promotion and rights based advocacy with community based organisations and self-help groups in Chhattisgarh.
Find Your Feet, established in 1960, works in South Asia and Southern Africa to mobilise local knowledge, skills and resources, so poor, rural families can find sustainable solutions to poverty, exclusion and discrimination. Find Your Feet works with small family farmers who depend on plots of land for their livelihood; tribal people who are often denied access to the land and forest on which they depend for their survival; women who seldom have an equal voice in their communities; and young people who are seeking an opportunity to break the ongoing cycle of poverty for their families.
The Foundation is the Commonwealth's agency for civil society. We support people’s participation in democracy and development by providing grants, platforms for civic voices and opportunities for sharing expertise.