What we are doing

As our expertise has grown so has our commitment to mainstream marginalized communities  so that their issues can be understood and their concerns shared.

From the onset this is being done by building the necessary synergy between communities, concerned stakeholders, the media and civil society through partnerships and awareness and capacity building at various levels.

Using evidence to bring change at various levels

CFAR has been facilitating communities to work with the media, using evidence from the ground to highlight their issues and concerns. This has in fact been central to our initiatives and we have been creating new and innovative tools to advance the rights of marginalized and vulnerable communities; like training them to be spokespersons of their community.

Our activities include: the daily tracking of national, state and district media reports on these communities and the documenting of interesting, innovative and successful initiatives. The training of programme implementers and peer leaders from these communities to enable them to interact with the media and providing support to the media during crisis response work. And facilitating media practitioners to improve their knowledge of the issues and concerns of communities in order to improve coverage and reduce biases and misinformation.

Simultaneously, we are facilitating communities by supporting their initiatives in both building and disseminating the realities on the ground. At the same time strategic tools and instruments including  public hearings, community surveys and consultations are being done by accessing the Right to Information. The focus is on empowering communities to collectivize, form forums, become spokespersons and demand their rights and entitlements.

We also use inputs from the field including testimonies from the community and field –based surveys to motivate the media and civil society to take on the role of watchdogs and ensure accountability at all levels. Similarly, we have been using the Participatory Appraisal Method to gauge and understand grassroot realities which are then factored into the formulation of communication  strategies for specific programmes or issues. This support is enabling communities to directly create awareness in the media and its audiences. They are shaping stories about their lives and concerns and ensuring the alteration of public perceptions of their lives and struggles.

  • In Delhi, Jaipur, Kochi, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Bangalore urban poor communities are using the evidence from the ground to demand the rights and entitlements that are due to them as bonafide citizens.
  • In Rajasthan audits of Form-F have enabled the authorities to track and nab errant ultrasound clinics and ensure that the provisions of the PCPNDT Act are being followed by them.