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Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement

GRAAM

Is a public policy research and advocacy initiative in India. GRAAM’s extensive expertise spans over policy research, Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Community Consultation, Policy Engagement, Strategic Consultation and Academic Programs. GRAAM works in collaboration with all the four key stakeholders of development i.e. Government, Citizenry, Civil Society Organizations and Corporate. GRAAM believes that the key stakeholders of development – the community, the State, the NGO/CSO and the private sector is essential in the process of development. GRAAM aims to ensure the ‘voices’ of the communities at the grassroots are significantly accounted for in the process of development. We provide evidence-based and actionable policy/program inputs incorporating grassroots perspectives, aiming towards a citizen-centric public policy. GRAAM strives to impact development through building human and social capital.

Our Timeline

Sneak Peek of GRAAM & its development


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2019

2019-20

  • Signed MoU with DSERT, Government of Karnataka for expanding the reach of Sugamya Shiksha
  • Provided a concept paper for 'No School Bag Day' initiative of the Government of Karnataka
  • Partnered with WHO and expanded GRAAM’s reach to Assam and Chattisgarh
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2018

2018-19

  • Extended Action Research project Sugamya Shiksha from 11 Schools to 22 schools in four districts of Karnataka, reaching 5000 children
  • MoU with McGill - The Max Bell School of Public Policy
  • Launched the first Children's Parliament: an innovative program bringing all the executive arms of the government who matter for school development, and presided by the judiciary in collaboration with Karnataka State Legal Services Authority and District Administration
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2017

2017-18

  • Signed MoU with Mauritius Society Renewal
  • Expanded the Action Research project Sugamya Shiksha to four more districts of Karnataka
  • Barefoot Research Conference, an annual program was launched for the teachers of primary and secondary government schools to present research papers in the presence of policy makers
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2016

2016-17


  • Conferred with the Global Communication Association's ‘A.P. Chowdappa Memorial Award’ for recognizing GRAAM's advocacy effort
  • Launched Program Evaluation Workshop in collaboration with Cornell University
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2015

2015-16

  • Initiated research studies in Telangana
  • Advocated successfully to ensure circular by GoK to accommodate PWD in MGNREGA
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2014

2014-15

  • Contribution for State Human Development Reports and Preparation of two District Human Development Reports in Karnataka
  • Invitation to GRAAM’s Executive Director as a Fellow at EDI – Cornell University 2015-16
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2013

2013-14

  • Empanelled for GPSA (Global Platform for Social Accountability), a World Bank initiative.
  • Two state-wide evaluations: National Rural Health Mission and Nirmal Gram Purasakar awarded GPs, which resulted in changes in the implementation strategies of these programs
  • Partnership with Cornell University
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2012

2012 - 2013


  • Ventured out of Karnataka for a study on school sanitation in Andhra Pradesh
  • Conferred with ‘2013 South Asia eNGO Challenge Award’ by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) for the use of ICT and digital media for good governance practices. GRAAM stood as a winner among 340 NGO contenders across South Asia
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2011

Foundation of GRAAM 2011-12

  • Initiation of GRAAM (12th Jan) as a unit of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
  • Initiated Arogya Shreni, a technology-based action research project for community monitoring which won South Asia Level Award

Mission

GRAAM shall advance higher standard of living, civic empowerment, political participation, and social justice by working in the sectors of:

  • Learning, Skill development & Livelihoods
  • Health & Wellness
  • Governance and Democratization
  • Indigenous Community Development

Vision

To become the first choice public policy think-tank in the social sector across India.

Values

  • Society first
  • Honesty and transparency
  • Integrity & Collaboration
  • Continuous learning
  • Innovation

Our Team

GRAAM team is enriched with an eclectic mix of dynamic people from diverse disciplines, all united for a common purpose. They all represent jigsaw blocks that GRAAM needs to bring together to further the movement of grassroots development.

At the top, we are guided by our Founder and Chairman Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee consisting of eminent personalities from varied backgrounds. They lend their experience and expertise in their respective fields as critical inputs to our cause of making development a community movement.

The GRAAM Team is comprised of dedicated people, again carefully selected with focus on diversity they bring to the table; a characteristic we consider essential to deal with development issues, which is consistent with our belief that development is multi-faceted.

Trustees

GRAAM would like to acknowledge with gratitude the support and contribution of a number of individuals and institutions that have helped it grow over the past year and with their continued support GRAAM can stride ahead with confidence. In alignment with our philosophy, we have engaged with institutions from different sectors – academic, government, NGO, private sector and, most importantly, communities.

Advisory Team

GRAAM would like to acknowledge with gratitude the support and contribution of a number of individuals and institutions that have helped it grow over the past year and with their continued support GRAAM can stride ahead with confidence. In alignment with our philosophy, we have engaged with institutions from different sectors – academic, government, NGO, private sector and, most importantly, communities.

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