Majority of the population of the Himalayan region belongs to a number of different indigenous tribes. Years of exclusion and deprivation, and continuing marginalisation in the democratic processes of the nation, have left them way behind on all human development indices and poorly equipped to access their rights and protect their ethnic identities. Poor implementation dogs affirmative action by the state and specific programs and mandated reservations. Prejudices about the tribal communities perpetuate and reinforce traditional relationships of domination. Civic awareness/participation is minimal, and they are grossly under-represented in legislatures, leaving them ‘voiceless’.

Pragya is seeking to enhance civic participation among Himalayan tribes and empower marginalized groups. Alongside awareness building, citizen-based welfare monitoring aims to foster involvement of Himalayan people in governance and democratic dialogue. There is a special focus on the especially marginalized groups and the creation of special support systems and enhancing their access to legal-political systems. Capacity of elected representatives and leaders is enhanced and an effective civil society and development media are promoted.

Geographic Outreach to date:
Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, W. Bengal states in India.
Water Distribution Outlets - Kharteng

In Kharteng village, which falls under the district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, water distribution was a daunting problem...

Improved road connectivity - Karchi

Karchi, a small village in Chamoli district (Uttarakhand) is 3 kilometres trek from the nearest...
Improved Health and Nutrition
Education for Disadvantaged Children
Education for Sub-Saharan Africa
Basic Needs and Rights of Migrant Workers
Enhancing Status of Women
Preservation of Himalayan Culture
Active Democracy and Rights

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