The National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) is a social-change resource centre, strengthening people-centred and rights-based advocacy in order to empower people and their struggles for the creation of a just and humane society. Having pioneered the concept and praxis of People Centred Advocacy, NCAS seeks to engage with popular movements and struggles in India, South Asia, and the Global South.




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"Multi-Stakeholder Consultation" On 11th January 2014



2) NCAS General Body meeting is scheduled to be organized on 29th October 2013

Venue: NCAS Office Pune.







This small booklet provides necessary information about the scheme of hostels for students from ST communities. It traces history of implementation of the scheme in Maharashtra and highlights problems in implementation of the scheme. The booklet, at the end, offers suggestions for improvement in implementation of the scheme.The booklet is written by Dhanaji Khupkar (then working as Programme Associate at NCAS) with additional inputs and editorial suggestions from Amit Narkar

ARC brings out analysis of TSP in annual Union Budgets. This booklet reviews TSP allocation and utilisation in the Union Budgets of 2012-13 and 2013-14. The booklet tries to capture important issues with regards to implementation of TSP with reference to the Constitutional Provisions, Planning Commission guidelines and Recommendations of the Narendra Jadhav Task Force. The booklet makes a case for need of proper implementation of TSP highlighting marginalisation of Adivasis evident in a variety of recently published reports at global and national levels.















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NCAS in Paris


Sandeep Pattanaik of NCAS presented his findings on ongoing human rights and environmental violation by the proposed POSCO plant in Odisha, in Paris on 25th June 2013. He was invited to share his views in Paris at the annual meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries. The presentation was made with the national contact points (NCPs) of the member countries. The NCPs of Norway, Denmark and Netherlands have shown interest to pursue this issue further.
  Channels of communication are on with the OECD countries to further strategize on the problem. Mr. Pattanaik also took the opportunity to discuss his findings with Ms. Anna Pot of ABP. ABP is a financer of POSCO and this dialogue could create a greater opportunity to bring about a change in the situation in Odisha. Ms. Pot agreed to involve other investors and plan on constituting an independent review and assessment mission to be sent to Odisha.






Summer Internship 2013




As a part of mainstreaming of People Centered Advocacy, and empowering the youth for social justice and rights, NCAS organized a one month internship program for the students of Maharashtra at NCAS Office Pune. The objective of the camp was to build pro-people perspective and impart knowledge and skills necessary for effective advocacy. This program included a mix of theory, field visits and experience sharing by advocacy practitioners. The theoretical inputs were on 1) Indian society, social movements and social change, 2) political theories and governance 3) Human rights and social justice 4) Applied economics 5) Development theory and 6) People Centered advocacy. The methodology was participatory consisting of case study analysis, discussions on films and interactive sessions with experts and practitioners in the field. Read More



Advocacy Capacity Building Programme- Right to Food Campaign
A three days advocacy capacity building programme was facilitated for 30 activists working with the “Right to Food campaign” (RTF) from Maharashtra from 28th-30th April at J. P Naik Centre , Pune. In the backdrop of pending bill on “right to food ‘’ and cash transfer scheme, the need was felt by the activists of RTF campaign to revisit campaign strategies. 




Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop with S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research


NCAS conducted a 2 day long people centered advocacy training session for students of S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai on 23rd and 24th August, 2013. The session was conducted for a group of 16 mid career professionals pursuing a post-graduate course on Development Management. The course is conducted in collaboration with BAIF, Pune.

The team of NCAS included Vijaya Patnekar, Ranjith Babu, Bharti Takawale and Pratyasha Rath who gave a detailed presentation to the students on the various aspects of people centered advocacy. This is the second consecutive year that NCAS has collaborated with S.P Jain Institute to organize this workshop.

South Odisha level consultation and Media Interface


ARC- Odisha organized a two-day South Odisha level consultation and one-day Media Interface on “Strengthening Adivasi Self-Governance” at Chandrapur, Gajapati district of Odisha from 10th-12th September 2013. Around 40 participants of three districts i.e. Gajapati, Rayagada and Ganjam including the community leaders of SAURA tribes i.e. Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), tribal representatives, civil society representatives, academicians, and media friends joined the consultation.




Vigyan Foundation-Capacity Building Programme, Lucknow


Vijaya Patnekar, Director, NCAS conducted a 3 day capacity building workshop in Lucknow for the team of Vigyan Foundation. This workshop was organized by Vigyan Foundation in collaboration with the PACS programme, Action Aid, Kusuma Trust and Oxfam India from 23rd to 25th June, 2013. It was attended by a 34 member team of Vigyan foundation from its field offices in Lucknow, Hardoi and Allahabad. The objective of the programme was to foster team building efforts and to enhance the skill sets of the employees for the better functioning of the organizations programmes


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Amitabh Behar speaking at the UN General assembly
25th September, 2013

All it takes is a missed bus By Shirish Kavadi and Kalindi Kokal

The Hindu, 28th June 2013

Pandharpur’s wari, also its shame

DNA India, 24th Dec 2011

P V Rajagopal takes on farmers’ issues

Pune Mirror, 7th Dec 2011

Deshatil Navya Sampatit kuthe ahe Garibancha Vata?

Sakal, Pune, 7th Dec 2011

Bhoomihinachya Nyayasaathi Janandolanachi Garaz

Sakal, Pune Today, 8th Dec 2011







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