Reflecting voices from grassroots… Vol 20 | October 2016

Samvaad 2016 – South India Regional Conclave takes place at Viveka Tribal Centre for Learning, Hosahalli

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Samvaad, a two-day regional conclave for South India, organized by Tata Steel was recently held at the Viveka Tribal Centre for Learning, Hosahalli. The Samvaad was broadly organized into three sessions. The first session had discussions on tribal issues relevant to the region. The second session was linked to the theme of this year’s Samvaad, which is ‘Tribal Medicinal Systems’. The third session was reserved for their traditional poetry, songs, music, and folklore.
Read the related article Putting Tribals First, written by Chairman of GRAAM, Dr. Balasubramaniam and published in The Statesman.
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Articles by GRAAM team members
Samvarthana – Perspectives of various mothers
In this series, we bring to you perspectives of various mothers or mothers-to-be, on various key factors that affect the health of mother and child.
In the previous newsletter, we shared with you about Shilpa, mother of an 8-month-old boy Yuvin, and her outlook and experiences.
In the current issue, we are presenting a different set of experiences and outlook from another soon to be mother Pramathi (name changed). We found that some of her beliefs are potentially detrimental to the child’s wellbeing.
Background Information: This interview took place at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on June 16, 2016. The interview took place in Golur, a small village south of Mysore in the Nanjangud taluk in Mysuru district. The town has approximately 3402 residents (as of 2011). The subjects house was made of cement and clean. She had electricity, but no functioning toilet. In Karnataka 48.8% of homes do not have toilets, this is lower than the national average in India. The household we conducted the interview in belonged to her mother (she had come for the delivery of the baby), and had five members living there. This is consistent with the Karnataka and India average household size (4.6 members and 4.8 members). The subject are her family are members of the Adi-Karnataka caste (a scheduled caste or SC), which in 2011 made up 12.76% of the population of Golur.The family is primarily an agricultural one, with the husband providing most of the families income. In 2011, jobs such as cultivation or agricultural labor constituted approximately a third of total workforce.
Subject Information: The subjects name is Pramathi. She is 23 years old and is currently unemployed. She usually lives at her mother in law’s house, but is currently staying at her mother’s house until delivery of the child and a few..
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1) GRAAM chosen as finalist to Vodafone “Mobile for Good” Awards
GRAAM presented an innovative community based project that utilizes a low cost technology called “Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS)”. After an intense round of presentations, GRAAM was chosen as a finalist to the Vodafone’s “Mobile for Good Awards”.
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2) GRAAM submits its recommendations to draft Karnataka Health Policy 2016
GRAAM has recently submitted its policy inputs and recommendations to draft Karnataka Health Policy 2016. The inputs were given to Dr. Alex Thomas, Member Secretary of the Task Force, Karnataka Public Health Policy.
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3) GRAAM, empanelled as Associate Member by 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation)
3ie is an international grant-making NGO promoting evidence-informed development policies and programmes.
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1) GRAAM’s e-Ability project for Social Impact
e-Ability is a social initiative that leverages benefit of technology to build a national model for the empowerment of persons with disability (PwD) in rural areas.
The technology framework gives tremendous possibilities to various stakeholders comprising the Government, NGOs, Employers, Policy Makers and Persons with Disabilities.
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2) On the occasion of upcoming “United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities” (Dec 3rd)
Persons with disabilities (PwD), “the world’s largest minority”, have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.
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GRAAM Bi-annual CSR Survey
The first national-level GRAAM Bi-annual CSR Survey will be launched in November and December to identify the basic common CSR challenges faced by corporates.
During the past interactions with corporates, GRAAM has come across a spectrum of challenges ranging from defining CSR policy and strategy to identifying the “right” CSR projects.
The survey questionnaire acts as a litmus test to the CSR Heads to self-assess their organization’s CSR framework.
You will hear more from us on this survey, its findings and related programs in December 2016 & January 2017 newsletters.
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