NCAS recognizes the need to bridge information and knowledge gap on the issues of social justice. By researching contentious issues in India, NCAS raises awareness about the problems faced by the marginalized groups, in particular, adivasis, dalits and women. We have so far published around 75 titles (including legislative and policy briefs, report cards, research reports and edited volumes) on issues in development and governance relating to the marginalised sections of our population. The Media Unit at NCAS has produced around 20 films. The publications and audio-visual material produced by NCAS is used widely by civil society organisations and social advocates.

Major Research Projects

NCAS undertook a major action-research study on governance of natural resources in the central Indian Adivasi belt of five states: Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha, with the aim of arriving at a systematic understanding of the processes of globalisation, and its impact on poor, and marginalised communities like Adivasis, Dalits, women etc. Under the purview of the study titled ‘Gloabalisation and its Impact on Governance and Grassroots’, NCAS researchers focused on the process of globalisation with respect to water, land, forests, agriculture, other natural resources, and local self-government bodies. Following is the list of publications documenting this study:-

  1. Agriculture Policy of Madhya Pradesh - Jaya Metha & VineetTiwari - Sept. 2007
  2. Examining The Agrarian Crisis in the Context of Globalization -Madhumanti- Sept. 2007
  3. Globalization In India ( Civil Society Responses) - Yamini Aiyar Dec. 2007
  4. Natural Resources Policies of the Government of Maharashtra -Anand Teltumbde- Aug. 2008
  5. Water Commodification in Maharashtra (Case Study of Coca Cola) –PrasannaInvally - Dec.2008
  6. The case of Ecotourism & its Impacts in Tribal Dominated areas in India - Equations - July 2008
  7. Globalisation & the Panchayati Raj Institutions: A Case Study of Maharashtra Dhanmanjiri Sathe Sept.2008
  8. Mind In Mind out & Mined Off Analytical Study of Mining policy of Chhattisgarh -Goldy George -Nov.2008
  9. Striking While The Iron Is Hot (Case study of POSCO) in Orrissa - Manshi Asher - Feb 2009
  10. From Colonialisation to Commodification: Saga of India’s Forest &its People) - SouparnaLahiri-Mar.2009
  11. Multimodal Infrastructure Hub at Nagpur & SEZ at Nagpur - Madhumanti - April 2009
  12. Water: Governance &Globalization in the Context of Orissa - Tapan Padhi - Sept.2009
  13. Engaging with the Changing Water Policy Discourse In Maharashtra - K.J. Joy &Seema Kulkarni-Jan. 2010
  14. Changing Times &Orissa’s NTFP Policy Analysis & Case Study - Bikash Rath Jan.2010
  15. A Study of SEZ Indore, Madhya Pradesh - Madhumanti - January 2010
  16. Peril of Globalization of Agriculture A Study - Yogesh Diwan - Feb. 2010
  17. Globalization& Forest Management In India A View from the Margins - Sandeep Pattnaik - Feb.2010
  18. Panchayati Raj & Marginalized in the Era of Globalization R.S.C.D. Mumbai , - Feb 2010
  19. Globalization Induced Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy 2006,Orissa: Myth & Reality - Bidyut Mohanty & Anuradha Monanty - Feb.2010
  20. GM Crop & and Golbalization A study of failure of BT Cotton crop in Western Madhya Pradesh - Suresh Mishra &Nilesh Desai - April 2010
  21. Analysis of the SEZ policy within the Governance &Globalization Framework - Madhumanti - April 2010

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Human Rights are inherent, inalienable and universal in nature. Rights give entitlements and put corresponding obligations on the State and other actors to respect, protect and promote human freedom and dignity. It is the responsibility of the State to ensure that all those living within its ambit enjoy a certain level of social and economic security. However, in developing countries like India, the growing capability deprivation, exacerbated by the new economic reforms and structural adjustments, cannot be addressed by only securing civil and political freedom, but by addressing the issues of socioeconomic and cultural deprivation, and investing in the realization of these rights.

NCAS conducted a study to analyze government initiatives and interventions for realization of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) with a focus on the right to food security, elementary education and health care services in three Indian states: Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh with a focus on the ESCR of the Dalits, Adivasis, Other Backward Castes (OBC) and other marginalized groups. The study was supported by the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi.

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Sixty years after independence large sections of Indian citizens continue to be denied access to justice. There are two aspects to this denial of access to justice: constraints arising from low social and economic status and insignificant political representation; constraints arising from institutional crisis within the judicial system. So how can access to justice be strengthened? What is access to justice? Why is it important? Access to justice for whom?

NCAS and Janvikas-IIPLS (Indian Institute of Paralegal Studies) set out to map Informal Justice System Institutions (IJSIs) in five districts in the state of Maharashtra and explore possibilities of utilizing the services of these for strengthening access to justice for the poor and the disadvantaged. The study was supported by United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Law and Judiciary, Government of India, New Delhi in 2008.

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NCAS conducted an action-research on "Accessing Economic and Social Rights: Perceptions and Experiences of Litigating in Lower Courts" , in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Gujarat and Jagori Grameen, Himachal Pradesh under the guidance of Prof. Jayant Krishnan, Director of India Initiative, Centre on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University, USA.

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NCAS participated in a research study for People’s Budget Initiative on budget tracking of select schemes in rural areas. NCAS studied fund flow and issues associated with implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in Chawand village of Junnar taluka in Pune district.

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NCAS did an analysis of the Maharashtra state Health budget 2015-16 so as to be able to analyze the state level situation in terms of health expenditure. This helped us draw key issues that could be taken up as advocacy matters which will aid in improving the health status of the state and if possible extend it to the national level.

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