Access to higher education
Working with the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), IBP will engage with multiple stakeholders, including students’ groups, to build a bottom-up advocacy plan to identify and address the various implementation challenges facing the Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) scheme and support students in claiming their scholarship entitlements. The project states include Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Safeguarding the rights of manual scavengers
In partnership with Safai Karamchari Andolan (SKA), IBP is working to ensure the effective implementation of the Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS) – the government scheme created to safeguard rights and rehabilitate manual scavengers. SKA will support manual scavengers as they claim their entitlements, document their experiences and use these to inform an alternative program that is more responsive to the needs of liberated manual scavengers.
SKA is also working to build a cohort of women who are knowledgeable about the budget issues underlying the effective implementation of the SRMS. These women budget champions will also lead in advocating with government, at both the national and lower levels. Their advocacy will be based on their understanding of the need for increasing budget allocations, implementation gaps within SRMS and engaging with relevant stakeholders. The project states include Delhi, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
SATHI is working with village community groups, community-based civil society groups and frontline health and creche workers to identify challenges behind the poor implementation of the Amrut Aahaar Yojana (AAY) – the state scheme in Maharashtra created to address malnutrition among tribal districts. SATHI has undertaken research that generated community-based data that will formulate and implement strategies targeted at improving the delivery of nutrition and health services among tribal districts.The project is focused in Maharashtra, and more specifically in the tribal districts of Thane, Raigad and Gadchiroli.