Peace, for NFI, does not mean ‘minimalist peace’ that is engaged in negotiating for ceasefire or
bringing an end to war. The vision therefore is to negotiate for and create spaces where survivors
of armed violence could find themselves enjoying better social infrastructure and governance.
Fostering plural networks and associations drawn from members of diverse ethnic communities is
critical for civil society to be legitimately termed as the agency for leading discourses on peace and deepening democracy
The objectives of NFI’s Peace and Justice Programme are:
Enabling vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, to cope with the impact of conflict
Facilitating inclusive deliberation, debate, and dialogue for a greater public understanding
of the complex nature of conflict
NFI would continue working with survivors of conflict and armed violence towards seeding and supporting voluntary
organizations to initiate work on education, health and livelihoods that enables diverse communities to come together
and revive their commons. In so doing they are expected to exchange bonds of friendship, cooperation and solidarity.
This also ensures, the creation of a robust, pluralist civil society, albeit over years, that is not given to polarization.
NFI also promotes research and publications that bring to surface the politics, governance and civil society of the region of focus.
Currently, NFI has facilitated creation of entitlement centres for minority communities in as many as 10 minority concentration
districts, supported the P-saarc initiative and made a grant to create community level agency in mitigating intra-community feuds.
NFI would make efforts to revive the Northeast initiative as a focus theme
NFI would want to strengthen the capacities of NGOs and youth for collective action in conflict transformation.
Through these groups, NFI would then facilitate opportunities for “othered” communities to form strong, informal networks or
democratic, formal associations with the same communities who had ‘othered’ them. Grants on issues ranging from livelihoods/
education / health to CBOs/youth led NGOs in Northeast to creating common platforms for civic participation and self governance
are expected to achieve this.
NFI would want to improve the understanding of civil society, the state and the public in Northeast on the
historical, social, economic, and political dimensions of conflicts by fostering debates, dialogues and publications from
and in the region.
NORTH EAST INITIATIVE
As part of National Foundation for India (NFI)’ mandate to address issues of regional imbalances, NFI is constantly engaging in organizing activities and programs on issues of Northeast. NFI also commit to bring the regions to the mainstream India by engaging all levels of stakeholders through workshops, seminars, cultural programs, partnering with the local CSOs, and VOs, and media.
Stakeholders Meeting on Bodoland :
Under the Northeast initiative, a stakeholders meeting was organized in August 2012 at NFI premise at India Habitat Centre to discuss and deliberate on the situation of the conflict in Bodoland Territorial Council Area of under the theme, ‘Coming Together for Bodoland’. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including the civil society, NGOs, INGOs, students, scholars and individuals. A historical and socio-political perspective was highlighted during the meeting. It sought to discuss long and short term solutions for diffusing the situation. As a follow up to this discussion, the Centre for Northeast Studies and Policy Research at Jamia Milia Islamia called a bigger meeting. Around ten people including NFI met prior to the meeting in Jamia to release a statement. NFI was a core signatory to this statement that found wide circulation in all leading national and regional dailies.
REHNUMA CENTRE - MCD PROJECT
A multi-sectoral development programme (MSDP) by the Ministry of Minorities Affairs (MoMA) has identified 90 districts of India as those having a concentration of minority religions. National Foundation for India (NFI) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Education and Learning (IDEAL) as technical partners envisage to pilot a project called REHNUMA across 10 Minority concentrated districts (MCDs) and blocks of India where Entitlement Centres are been set up across 10 states. This is a multi-stakeholders project funded by Ford Foundation, Christian Aid, and the Planning Commission. The project is held by the National Foundation for India (NFI) and intended to offer lessons for a long term and sustainable intervention which will then be adopted and scaled up by the government across districts with concentration of minority casino online population. Under this project, trained team of the Entitlement Centre will first undertake various awareness programs to popularize the scheme and the entitlements for the minorities. They will also let the communities know that they will be available to offer information and guidance to the citizens, particularly marginalized persons from the minority community about their entitlements and claims where they will be responsible for research and mapping, setting up mechanism and facilitation of services, litigation and grievance redressals.
Roles and responsibilities of the REHNUMA centre are:
- Research and mapping list of minorities the area
- Litigation and grievance redressals
- Capacity building of minorities
- Setting up mechanism and facilitation of services
- Facilitating service delivery of 15 points programmes
- Monitoring, documentation and recommendations
Peace Awardees : 2017
Ananya Chakraborty (Guwahati, Assam) : Title of the Project: Documenting the art of mask-making and mask-theatre in Majuli and building a network of artists and cultural agencies
Daiarshisha Khongbuh (East Khashi Hills, Meghalaya) : Title of the Project: Holistic Development of Children: Massar Village @ Meghalaya
Rupamjyoti Saikia (Darrang, Assam) : Title of the Project: Revival of a Unique Folk Culture "BYASH OJAH"
Salma Hussain (Guwahati, Assam) : Title of the Project: Rehabilitation of Women prisoners in the Tezpur Central Jail.
Sanalembi Devi (Cachar, Assam) : Title of the Project: Localization of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Barak Valley.
Sarah Phangchopi (Anglong District, Assam) : Title of the Project: The Transformational Leadership Initiatives.