COLLABORATION

We offer our expertise and engage with groups in a manner that contributes to the mandate and needs of various groups and organisations as well as helps us expand and enrich our understanding on a wide range of issues related to Resource Rights and Governance. The nature of our collaborations can be broadly categorised as follows -
1. Research
2. Documentation and Assessment Studies
3. Policy Analysis
4. Capacity Building and Training

Research:Various collaborations have been initiated to bolster research amongst under-graduate, graduate and research scholars on issues related to resource rights and governance. Apart from touching base with scholars from the four campuses of TISS in Mumbai, Guwahati, Tuljapur and Hyderabad, interactions have also taken place with those at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Cotton Candy University Guwahati and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore. In some cases, researchers from these institutions, who either have local or subject-specific expertise, have joined us on field as well as off field in our ongoing research activities. In other cases, we provide technical support, in terms of identifying topics, building data collection tools or even locating field facilitators for researchers interested in undertaking course-related or independent research in this area. Through TISS RRRG, we hope to have more platforms, like seminars and workshops, where researchers with different specialisations can come together to share new learnings and perspectives to encourage a more inter-disciplinary approach.

Documentation and Assessment Studies: We realised through interactions with various grass-root activists, civil society groups, funding institutes and even government agencies, that one of the big gaps is the lack of proper documentation of ongoing interventions, decisions and processes which are taking place all over the country. While some instances are shared email lists and social media, and even fewer in the press, their audience is limited. We have taken up documenting case studies of good practices and strategies which can be shared amongst the academic community, the media, policy makers and also as cross learning amongst others working on similar issues. We also realised that while a few cases which are often highlighted have been substantially analysed, there is a lack of continuous and long term assessment of interventions by external agencies in villages, so as to identify strategies that worked as well as areas that are still challenges. We have been fortunate to have the support of grass root NGOs as well as funders, who have encouraged us to critically examine the processes that the villages where they have been working have undergone, so as to improve future and on-going interventions.

Policy Analysis: We are involved in analysis of existing and upcoming policy, which is related to resource rights and governance. This analysis is in the form of academic research undertaken by scholars and staff, policy briefs or longer format reports prepared internally or in collaboration with a larger group or experts, workshops to understand the potential and impact of various legislations in the resource rights space, as well as larger reaching articles in the online and print media

Capacity Building and Training: We have been involved a wide variety of training programmes targeted at researchers and the larger academic community, key stakeholders in the rights recognition process including the legal community, civil society organisation, grass-root activists, gram sabha members and community mobilizers, key staff from government line departments at ground level all the way till district and state level. Apart from the interactions during the events themselves, we have long term partnerships with certain stakeholders, to facilitate their understanding and capacity to undertake the required functions. In case you are a researcher, an academic institute, grass-root activist or NGO, or any other government or non-government agency interested in collaborating with us, please write to us with who you are, where you are located, what you do and what exactly you look for in a partnership. If there is a source of funding that has been identified for this proposed activity, please mention that as well.