India: Programme Overview and Projects

  • Happiness workshops to tackle domestic violence

    Happiness workshops to tackle domestic violence

    No genuine progress is possible without equal opportunities for men and women. But in India women have always been at a disadvantage and subject to domestic violence. This has therefore been an area of focus for SWISSAID for almost ten years.
  • Commitment for Indigenous Adivasis Reaps Unparalleled Rewards

    Commitment for Indigenous Adivasis Reaps Unparalleled Rewards

    Mendah, a village in the Maharashtra region of India where SWISSAID is active, was the first community countrywide to be granted forestry usage rights including selling bamboo on its own account. Now, other communities will also profit from this: the new project will help 50 villages secure rights to exploit their forests.
  • New SRI rice cultivation method: turning backs on hunger

    New SRI rice cultivation method: turning backs on hunger

    For generations, hunger and malnutrition were part of everyday life for the local people in Central India. Thanks to the new method of rice cultivation, SRI, they have been able to boost their harvest massively. And best of all: neither expensive fertiliser nor pesticide is necessary to do this.
  • Indian indigenous people fight for equality and justice

    Indian indigenous people fight for equality and justice

    For the indigenous Thakar and Katkari people some things are going wrong. They have no land rights, the soil is too saline, their harvests are poor and the Monsoon floods jeopardise their livelihood. But since starting to fight back, they’ve managed to set some things in motion.
  • The campaign against domestic violence in India: “My daughter-in-law succeeded in stopping me beating her”

    The campaign against domestic violence in India: “My daughter-in-law succeeded in stopping me beating her”

    In India, domestic violence is rife among all social classes – and the state does little to prevent this. SWISSAID supports a proactive organisation that helps women that are abused and takes men to task before they turn violent.
  • No forest, no livelihood: a journey to the Baiga people in the jungle

    No forest, no livelihood: a journey to the Baiga people in the jungle

    Even once the right of the indigenous Indian Baiga people to use the forest had been written into the constitution, the implementation of these rights still left room for improvement. SWISSAID gave the process new impetus. All those concerned – humans, animals and plants – are equally better off.
  • Run with Aid for Change against violence against women

    Run with Aid for Change against violence against women

    For the first time, AID FOR CHANGE is taking part in the Pune International Marathon which will be held on Sunday, 1st December. Please sign up to run with the charity a 6 km course, raise awareness and support the cause - Stop Violence, Empower Women. Violence is not acceptable! One woman in four suffers violent abuse in India and cannot count on getting help. AID FOR CHANGE supports those affected to build a new life and raises awareness about this issue through the campaign ‘Stop Violence, Empower Women’.
  • Where there’s a will …

    Where there’s a will …

    The ethnic Baiga people in India experience nothing of the economic boom on the subcontinent. Not even their most basic needs – sufficient nutrition, basic health and education – are met. While there is no shortage of legislation to promote the ethnic minorities, there is a real lack of political will to implement it. To step into the breach, SWISSAID’s partners have enlisted the help of volunteers.
  • Ways Out of the Debt Trap

    Ways Out of the Debt Trap

    In the Indian region of Vidarbha, many farmers are up to their ears in debt and have no prospects. The high prices for cultivating their products and climate change pressurise them into subsistence living. The conversion to ecologically sustainable agriculture brings relief – for the farmers, the soil and the wallet.
  • Savita’s success story: “It’s all just because I converted to organic cultivation methods”

    Savita’s success story: “It’s all just because I converted to organic cultivation methods”

    Success across the board: Savita’s patience, persistence and her belief in organic farming were the foundations of her rise from humble farmer to highly regarded expert.
  • “It makes me happy”

    “It makes me happy”

    Negotiating the bureaucratic obstacles in India: thanks to their many volunteers, village communities manage to exercise their right to work and to own woodland and land.
  • Pardhi women offered the chance of self-determination

    Pardhi women offered the chance of self-determination

    About one third of the Pardhi tribe has obtained official identity papers, thanks to SWISSAID’s assistance. This gives them access to state support. Now, a targeted campaign is under way to help women assert their own identity in India’s patriarchal society.