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Be!Sharp (Built Environment, Sustainable Habitat and ARchitecture PArtnership)

Be!Sharp is a platform that aims to enable the creation and development of a common space that will allow mobility and pooling of competencies and know-how between the academic, the professional and the entrepreneurial sectors, between Europe and India, in the field of sustainable built environment.

The main activities of the programme are :

  • an Euro-Indian internship and exchange programme for young professionals
  • a resource centre which provides online and offline information
  • a media & communication unit that documents on-going projects and produce short films
  • a networking for universities and associations, professionals, organisations, etc.

Centre for Education and Documentation (CED)

Besides providing development information, CED sees its institutional role in the long term as developing and bringing into currency open democratic information systems. The end objective is to ensure that such systems become part of the socialisation process in civil society and an inalienable instrument which enable thinking and democratic exposure to issues and concerns of the marginalised sections of society, development, human rights and self-assertion.

Besides this general role of an institution of civil society, CED also has a specific role as one of the ’contending’ associations in the same civil society, as after all it represents, as an NGO, specific interests, that of the poor and marginalised sections of society. In this mission, it locates itself within the NGO context and is basically a support and advocacy-support organisation.

Address : CED Bangalore, n° 7, 8th Main , 3rd phase
Domlur 2nd stage
Bangalore - 560071 India
Phone : (080) 25353397
Email :
Website :

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was founded in 1980 and is an independent, public interest organisation which aims to increase public awareness on science, technology, environment and development.
The CSE searches for solutions that people and communities can implement themselves, particularly on a national level. It also works to push the government to create frameworks for people and communities to act on their own.

Address: 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi, 110062 - INDIA
Tel. : (+91) (011) 29955124
Email : cse AT
Website :

Development Alternatives Group

A non-profit organisation established in 1983, the group’s aim is to promote sustainable national development in India. The group has an Environmental Systems Branch (ESB), a Technology Systems Branch, Institutional Systems Branch and is also involved in Information Dissemination. The group seeks to design and promote sustainable development through programmes of economic efficiency, equity & social justice environmental harmony, resource conservation and self-reliance.

Address: 111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070 - INDIA
Phone: 91 (11) 2613-4103, 2689-0380
Fax: 91 (11) 2613-0817

INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum)

INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum) was established in 1993 and has grown into a national forum with a political thrust, bringing together over 500 social action groups, people’s movements and progressive intellectuals to resist globalization, combat communalism and defend democracy. INSAF is active in over 15 states of India as a political forum of NGOs, trade unions, people’s movements and grassroots organisations.

Address: INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum), A-124/6, First Floor, Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi, India - 110 016
Phone: + 91.11.26517814


Nirantar is a resource centre for Gender and Education set up in 1993. Nirantar works towards fulfilling its mandate of empowering women through education - by enabling access to information, promoting literacy and engendering education processes.
Nirantar seeks to achieve this through direct field interventions, creating educational resources, research and advocacy, and training.
Actively involved with the women’s movement and other democratic rights movements, Nirantar brings concerns central to these movements into its educational work.

Address: 4 B-64 Second Floor, Sarvodya Enclave, New Delhi 110017 - INDIA
Tel. : (91-11) 2-696-6334
Email : nirantar AT
Website :

People’s Health Movement

The People’s Health Movement is a coalition of civil society organisations, NGOs, social activists, health professionals, academics and researchers that endorse the People’s Charter for Health - a consensus document that arose out of the People’s Health Assembly in December 2000. The goal of the People’s Health Movement is to re-establish health and equitable development as top priorities in local, national and international policy-making with comprehensive primary health care as the strategy to achieve these priorities.

Address : People’s Health Movement Secretariat (Global), C/o Community Health Cell , # 367 "Srinivasa Nilaya", Jakkasandra Ist Main I Block, Koramangala, Bangalore- 560 034 - INDIA
Phone: + 91-80 - 51280009
Fax: + 91-80 - 25525372
Email: secretariat AT

Sabrang Communications

Sabrang Communications ("sabrang" means "all colours") was started in 1993 to provide information on, analyse and expose the machinations of communal politics in India, on the subcontinent and abroad and to publicise the attempt of secular individuals, groups and organisations engaged in fighting them. We stand for equal respect to all religions but are opposed to the cynical manipulation of faith in the pursuit of power. Therefore we are opposed to both majority and minority communalism. Sabrang publishes the magazine "Communalism Combat" and they have an online archive on Social Conflicts (Communal, Caste, Gender, Ethnic, Identities), Human Rights & Peace Initiatives in India.

Site :

South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS)

SIFFS is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working in the marine fisheries sector. SIFFS is the apex body of organisations of small-scale artisanal fish workers. It has a three-tier organisational structure.
With over 6,000 member fishermen, organised through 100 primary societies in eight districts of Southern peninsular India, SIFFS over the last two decades has kept its focus on strengthening the artisanal fisheries. Established essentially as a fish-marketing organisation, SIFFS now provides a range of services to member and non-member fish workers. Today, over 50,000 fish workers including non-members are availing these services, in their numerous endeavours to assume collective control over their own destinies.

Address : SIFFS- Regional Office Malabar, 5-20-K, Mukund Apartments, Eranjipalam Post Calicut 673 006, Kerala - INDIA
Phone: 0495-368789
Email: sifrom AT

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