Centre for Equity Studies was founded in August 2000 as an independent organization engaged in research and advocacy on a range of social and economic justice issues in India. They examine the nature and causes of social injustice and inequity that befall the poorest sections of India to find ways to move towards a more equitable, humane and peaceful society. They therefore seek to influence and shape public policy and law in favour of the most disadvantaged communities in India through a range of work, which includes:
Based on field-level research amongst various marginalized communities in India, the Centre proposes policy changes and engages people across the development spectrum in meaningful debates, including academics, civil servants activists and the communities with whom it works closely. The Centre also plays an implementation role in certain related areas such as homes for street children and health clinics for the homeless.Website: http://centreforequitystudies.org/
The Centre offers a range of volunteer and internship activities, based on skill-set and interest. CES' current research focuses on the following areas:
As a great part of the work of the Centre for Equity Studies centres on direct engagement with marginalised children, women and men, who face hunger, homelessness, caste, communal and gender-based discrimination, volunteers will be expected to adhere to certain organizational ethics - to ensure respectful, egalitarian, responsible and non-extractive engagement.
You should expect to spend about £1250 for eight weeks - this covers costs for food and accommodation, as well as local travel. There are no programme fees payable to Camvol.
In addition to these local costs, volunteers will need to book return flights to India (typically about £550 if booked early), and apply for an entry visa, as required by the Indian High Commission (for visa charges, please check the Indian visa facilitation service website for exact fees).
Vaccination and other medical costs have NOT been included in estimated costs, and applicants should take this into account while planning their budgets. If you intend to travel for recreation and tourism, these costs will be additional, so please budget accordingly.
Financial support is available, including Camvol-CMEDT Commonwealth Travelling Scholarships; support from Colleges; and from the University. If selected, the Camvol Director can advise about funding opportunities.