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Grassroots Research And
Advocacy Movement (GRAAM)

Chandrika Shetty
Research Coordinator
GRAAM
12/13/13

Presented at
eNGO...
GRAAM is an initiative of
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
• SVYM works in the tribal areas
of Mysore district, Karnataka
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Tech @ GRAAM
• Bringing in (diverse) grassroots
perspectives and empirical evidence in
research and advocacy is a challeng...
Technology for strengthening community Participation
– A case study of Arogyashreni Project
• Technology enabled Community...
Technology for advocacy activities
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Availability of up-to-date information for community advocacy
programmes
Buildin...
Technology for advocacy activities
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Availability of up-to-date information for community advocacy
programmes
Buildin...
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GRAAM_ The Manthan Award, 2013, eNGO_2013

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One of the finalists, eNGO - GRAAM, in the category 'Advocacy', is an initiative of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, that works towards advocating policy change.

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GRAAM_ The Manthan Award, 2013, eNGO_2013

  1. 1. Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) Chandrika Shetty Research Coordinator GRAAM 12/13/13 Presented at eNGO Challenge Award Gala 2013 New Delhi 1
  2. 2. GRAAM is an initiative of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement • SVYM works in the tribal areas of Mysore district, Karnataka on – Health – Education – Community development GRAAM was born out of the need to bring together community, activists, academicians and policy makers for the cause of development GRAAM works towards advocating policy change based on empirical evidence and research carried out with grassroots perspectives. 12/13/13 Areas we currently work in: 1.Nutrition and Public health 2.Rural governance 3.Education 4.Rural livelihood 5.CSR 2
  3. 3. Tech @ GRAAM • Bringing in (diverse) grassroots perspectives and empirical evidence in research and advocacy is a challenge – Leads to information explosion!!! • Technology is used for – Communication and planning – Documentation, e-library and archival – Research and analysis – Advocacy 12/13/13 • • Mail, e-groups, IM, Calendar, Content Management System Cloud based sharing – Archival protocols, Collective working • • Mindmap tools, R, STATA, SPSS Project specific tools 3
  4. 4. Technology for strengthening community Participation – A case study of Arogyashreni Project • Technology enabled Community Governance initiative project • Community monitoring and ranking of Primary Health Centres • • • • Adoption of Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), hosted on Asterisk telephony server for receiving monitoring information from community representatives Ranks generated based on information collated from all PHCs in the district (112) Ranks disseminated widely through SMS gateway Advocacy to bring ‘community led’ improvements in PHCs 12/13/13 4
  5. 5. Technology for advocacy activities • • • Availability of up-to-date information for community advocacy programmes Building/integrating evidence from multiple projects (spanning multiple sectors) for practical policy changes Technology platform for getting together communities, NGOs, researchers and policy makers (in testing stage) Important aspects of Technology (from the perspective of NGOs) • Usage of technology, not for technology sake, but for increasing our efficiency • Selection of suitable low cost (FOSS) technology • Open attitude towards evolution of working style 12/13/13 5
  6. 6. Technology for advocacy activities • • • Availability of up-to-date information for community advocacy programmes Building/integrating evidence from multiple projects (spanning multiple sectors) for practical policy changes Technology platform for getting together communities, NGOs, researchers and policy makers (in testing stage) Important aspects of Technology (from the perspective of NGOs) • Usage of technology, not for technology sake, but for increasing our efficiency • Selection of suitable low cost (FOSS) technology • Open attitude towards evolution of working style 12/13/13 5

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