Category Archives: Participation

More than just football?

This piece was posted by Communications Intern Hilde Faugli. The first World Cup to be hosted on the African continent ended with no African teams reaching the final stages. But does that leave Africa with nothing? Former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s aspirations for the event were by no means small.  In a letter to […]

World People’s Conference on Climate Change

This piece was posted by FYF Communications Intern Tahsina Rumman Khan. I was glad to see that, at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba last week, the focus was finally being placed on listening to the voices of the poor. After the deep disappointment of the […]

REDD: What would it mean for the tribal communities?

At a first glance Reducing Carbon Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) seems to be the ideal solution for conserving the forest environment and tackling climate change, what with its attractive incentives, mutual benefits and ‘green’ goals. With its innovative approach, it plays by the rules of the free market. REDD aims to increase the […]

International Women’s Day

This piece was posted by Betty, Programmes Officer, FYF UK Office. Yesterday I celebrated International Women’s Day in the grand setting of the House of Lords as a guest of Baroness O’Loan, DBE. I heard about the important role that women play in the fight against hunger by growing food to feed their families. Phoebe […]

Re-evaluating tribal communities

This piece was posted by Tahsina, FYF Trusts and Communications Intern in London: Starting my voluntary position at Find Your Feet has been indeed inspiring. While I read about the key issues surrounding Find Your Feet’s projects, the programmes about Tribal People in India (adivasis) grabbed my attention, which is an issue very close to […]

People Centred Advocacy

In April this year our India office organised a centralised training for all our partner organisations in order to revisit the India advocacy strategy, formulated in 2006. On receiving the report we were sent on this training I decided to revisit the advocacy strategy myself. “Any advocacy process must be initiated at the community level” […]

Quotas for women in Panchayats

In 1992 the Indian parliament passed the 73rd Amendment to the constitution for rural local bodies (panchayats.) This gave 33% reservation of seats for women in all three tiers of the Panchayati Raj. Questions remain however as to whether or not this affirmative action is sufficient to ensure the participation of women in the public […]

Microcredit: The power and the pitfalls.

Credit and debt “I attended a training on how to run the group and how to save by making timely contributions and returning loans correctly. As a result we initiated a savings scheme and started keeping records. We have now saved 2255 Rs.” Bedi is the president of a Self Help group in Bara Kalajhore […]

Organisations and Social Change

“If you give me a fish You have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish Then you have fed me until The river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me To organize Then whatever the challenge I can join together with my peers And we […]

Pilot projects and participation

Joba, Jharkhand, India Originally uploaded by Find Your Feet It’s great to be able to welcome in the New Year knowing that, over the coming five years, we will be able to support even more people in India to build a better future for themselves. The BLF recently awarded us a grant of £467,680 of […]