The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) was founded in 1985 by a group of activists and academics interested in advancing the rights of India’s scheduled castes or Dalits — a population who for caste related reasons continues to have little or no access to basic services and to live in conditions of extreme poverty and marginalization. The NCDHR’s initial work was amongst agricultural workers and landless laborers in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Over the past 20 years the NCDHR has expanded its work to several districts of this state. As part of the Partnership Initiative, the NCDHR has been working on Union and State budgets, specifically focusing on reclaiming the Special Component Plan on Dalit populations. Through this project, the NCDHR intends to undertake state budget research and analysis and engage in advocacy at the state level. In addition, it seeks to monitor budgets at the district level and strengthen the capacities of the community to engage with policies and budgets. Read NCDHR’s Profile
- N. Paul Divakar General Secretary
8/1, 2nd Floor, South Patel Nagar
New Delhi 110008
Area of Expertise
Budget analysis and research; monitoring exclusion in budgeting and social policy, advocacy supporting the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Convention on Social Economic Cultural Rights (CSECT), and the Convention for Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
- Tracking Funds for India’s Most Deprived: The Story of the National Campaign for Dalit’s Human Rights’ “Campaign 789″
- IBP Case Study, August 2011
Major Current Activities
- NCDHR's Profile 2011 – Briefly describes the main budget analysis and advocacy activities of the organization and its involvement with the International Budget Partnership's Partnership Initiative.
- Budget analysis, research, and advocacy for Dalit Rights;
- Campaign for quality hostels - monitoring the quality of education and facilities of hostels in several states, including budget tracking and social audits of welfare hostels in Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, and Uttar Pradesh;
- Campaign against the unlawful demolition of Dalit residences;
- International Advocacy at the multinational level with different UN mechanisms such as the Human Rights Council;
- NCDHR works on union and state budgets specifically focusing on reclaiming the Special Component Plan and on Dalit populations. Through this project, NCDHR intends to undertake state-budget research and analysis and engage in state-level advocacy, monitor budgets at the district level, and strengthen the capacities of the community to engage with policies and budgets.