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Civil society advocacy collaborations in India

Civil society advocacy collaborations and their contributions to CSO capacities and legitimacy to advance inclusive sustainable development and equality in the Indian context

Lead by Dr Margit van Wessel, Wageningen University & Research

About the research group

The research project ‘Civil society advocacy collaborations and their contributions to CSO capacities and legitimacy to advance inclusive sustainable development and equality in the Indian context’ studies advocacy collaborations between civil society organizations (CSOs) working at the grassroots, national and international levels in India. Unlike many other studies of transnational advocacy networks, it focuses on the contributions of collaboration to the agency and work of
Indian CSOs at the domestic level. The project seeks to learn how the different capacities, understandings, viewpoints, and forms of power and legitimacy shape these CSOs’ domestic political roles as they interact with each other and navigate the opportunities, dependencies and constraints connected with collaboration. The study will focus on CSO activity around two themes: climate-related natural hazards and women’s rights.

Consortium
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Lehigh University
  • International Institute of Social Studies in cooperation with two consortia: Partners for Resilience and Count me In!
Main question
  • How does collaboration between grassroots, national and international CSOs contribute to building civil society’s capacity and legitimacy to advance inclusive sustainable development and equality in the Indian context?
Country focus
  • India