Expression of Ethos and Ideology....

Organization's central theme "the society of Indigenocracy"

SAMVAD ANNUAL REPORT 2014-15

About Us


‘SAMVAD’ is a creative initiative to promote indigenous cultural awareness in the society. It is a group of people who rely more on collective efforts. It is committed to promote sustainable community based resource management and is involved in participatory action and research for Self-Rule and Self-reliant society.

‘SAMVAD’ provides collective platform to the Identity, Art and Culture. It is an initiative for collectivity, gender equality, community rights on Natural Resources and establishment of a people’s democracy through collective action. As a research centre it examines critical issues in the media and communication sector and their implications for development, as reflected through its publications. As a resource centre it gathers and disseminates knowledge about communication and its effects upon people. By conducting, training and professional consultations it is active in capacity building for the media and their users. Samvad has been unwavering in its commitments in these sectors and over the years has broadened its expertise base to encompass new challenges reflective of the changing scenario within media and society in general.

One of Samvad’s key strength is that, in addition to having major development partners and strong academic credentials, it is also actively involved in working with other like-minded organizations and networks in facilitating dedicated efforts to restore livelihood security, discuss indigenous governance system and discuss emerging issues like Climate Change. We use human rights and gender based approach in analysing and understanding the fundamental problems in social justice, self-rule and gender equality in society. It is the main plank of our advocacy work.

 

Vision


SAMVAD envisions a society where relations between human beings and nature is balanced for preservation of the indigenous social values and creation of sustainable livelihood for people towards establishment of a society on a communitarian lifestyle, labour-oriented and egalitarianism which accepts the diversity and differences among human beings. This is the society of Indigenocracy.

 

Mission


SAMVAD strives for self-reliant and self-respectful society based on equality, gender-equity,  labour-oriented universe and self-governance by strengthening the communitarian lifestyle of the indigenous and marginalized  people. Efforts are on to empower Gram Sabhas and traditional governance systems in the villages of Adivasis, Dalits, Minorities and the poor as a whole. It ensures equal representation and participation of women and men in community level decision-making and development processes.

 

Legal Status


 

Objective


 

Strategy


 

Our Reach


SAMVAD is working directly in 14 district of Jharkhand and three district of Bihar. Apart from this we are part of "Swashashan abhiyan" which is a network in eastern India region to promote and strengthen governance and indigenocracy. We are also part of national level network like INSAF, NAFRE, NCDHR as well as active member and partner of south Asia level network on climate change related issue "CANSA"

Areas in Jharkhand

Sl.No.
District
Block

1

Deoghar

Madhupur, Karon, Margomunda, Devipur and Deoghar

2

Dumka

Dumka Sadar, Shikaripada,

3

Pakur

Maheshpur

4

Sahebganj

Mandro and Borio

5

Giridih

Giridih Sadar, Bengabad, Jamua

6

Dhanbad

Baghmara

7

Bokaro

Gomia

8

Kodarma

Domchanch

9

Hazaribagh

Katkumsandi

10

East Singhbhum

Potka, Musabani

11

West Singhbhum

Chaibasa Sadar

12

Gumla

Sisai

13

Ramgarh

Shankarpur

14

Ranchi

Sadar

 

Areas in Bihar

Sl. No.

Districts

Blocks

1

Gaya

Dobhi

2

W.Champaran

Bairia

3

Madhepura

Shankarpur

 

Empowering Gram Sabha


 

Objective

To strengthen and empower Gram Sabhas in 350 villages in 14 districts and 23 Blocks of Jharkhand.

Activities Implemented

Objective

To improve sustainable on-farm & off-farm livelihood in 250 intensive villages in 14 districts and 23 Blocks of Jharkhand.

Activities Implemented and Achievement

Objective

Market access to Marginalized producers and landless laborers (Primarily Women) to develop more resilient livelihood

Activities Implemented and Achievement

Objective

Strengthening Livelihood Options

Achievement

Objective

Diversifying Livelihood Options

Achievement

Securing the natural asset base, including land title

Achievement

Social Protection

Achievement

Increasing access to credit

Achievement

Adapting Livelihoods to Climate Issues

Achievement

Objective

Preservation and development of Indigenous languages and Literature.

Activities Implemented

Advocacy for Jharkhand State Agriculture Policy

A one day consultation on the draft Agriculture Policy of the state was organized by SAMVAD, supported by ACTION AID on September 19, 2013, at HPDC, Bahubazar, Ranchi. The consultation was attended by 69 participants of 16 districts including the like minded friends from Bihar, Bengal and Odisha.  The main focus of the discussion was - 1. To discern the new Agriculture Policy , 2. How to protect our agriculture from corporate assault and for this how to have solidarity,  3. What to experiment new as alternative for chemical farming.

After discussion and deliberations following solutions were recommended:

 

Publication


Publication & Launching of the book 'Khushhaal Ho Bachpan'

A book 'Khushhaal Ho Bachpan' was launched on August 18, 2013 at HPDC Hall, Bahubazar, Ranchi. The book was published by Samvad in association with Child Rights Alliance. The book consists of contributions from students of 15 private and government schools of Ranchi city    Samvad had organized an essay and painting completion on the subject of 'Child Rights' through which around 700 paintings and articles were submitted by the students.  Out of which 23 best articles and 38 paintings, representing view point of the children's status in the society  have been published. Appreciating the effort the Principal of Ranchi Women's College and member of Jharkhand State Child Welfare Council, Dr. Manju Sinha said 'It is a beautiful and thought provoking book.'

 

Observation of 16 days Activism Against Violence on Women


The event is being observed since 1995 in 195 countries of the world between November 25 and December 10 every year. Accordingly a 16 days Activism Against Violence on Women was observed at Ranchi Women's College on November 25, 2013, Iraqi Urdu Girls High School, Ranchi on December 19, 2013 and at Anchi Devi Vidyalaya, Madhupur, Deoghar on December 21, 2013 by SAMVAD in association with Mahila Garima Abhiyaan on. During this two week program girl students were given knowledge on how to curb violence on them. A debate, discussion and speech competition was organized on the subject disseminating information about female feticide, Witch Branding and eve teasing and how to check these incidences.

 

One Billion Rising Pledge Programme


On February 19, 2014 Samvad in association with Mahila Garima Abhiyan organized the program. The students of St. Margaret Girls School, Ranchi were made aware about this world wide program and the students pledged the following :

        


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