The Dutch government has a new policy of supporting political advocacy by NGOs around the world in order to promote inclusive and sustainable development. Because it is a new policy they have invited researchers to critically examine the policy. I am working with five post-doctoral fellows, two consultants, a faculty member from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a faculty member from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi to understand what civil society collaborations look like from an Indian perspective.
The research project studies advocacy collaborations between civil society organizations (CSOs) working at the grassroots, national and international levels in India. Unlike other studies of transnational advocacy networks, this project focuses on the contributions of collaboration to the agency and work of Indian CSOs at the domestic level. It examines how the different capacities, viewpoints, and forms of power and legitimacy shape these CSO’s domestic political roles as they interact with each other and navigate the opportunities and constraints connected with collaboration. We are looking at two themes: disaster management and women’s rights. My contributions are primarily focused on the women’s rights theme.
There’s a nice video here that describes the project.